Cape's Calm as Nation’s Cases Surge

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COURT HOUSE - June 27: Cape May County reported four new community-based COVID-19 cases today, three in Middle Township and one in Ocean City. Two out-of-county individuals also tested positive for the coronavirus, but they are not included in the county numbers.

The additional county cases bring the totals to 745 cases, with 565 individuals off quarantine, 117 cases active and 63 fatalities.

This week, state health officials labeled 1,854 additional deaths as presumed COVID-19 fatalities. Of those cases, the state COVID-19 Dashboard attributes four presumed COVID-19 deaths to Cape May County.

Today, Gov.Phil Murphy announced 347 new cases, bringing the state total to 170,873.  He also reported 36 additional fatalities. The state confirmed COVID-19 fatalities now stand at 13,094. Adding the presumed COVID-19 dead to the list would bring the death toll to 14,948.

In the month since May 27, the total case count for New Jersey grew by 9% while Cape May County’s case count increased by 22%, or between four and five new cases per day. Percentages are usually more volatile with smaller numbers, and the county continues to have the lowest total case count among the state’s 21 counties.

Nationally, the situation is nowhere near as calm. New Jersey and New York, once the epicenter of the pandemic’s outbreak in the United States, have added a combined 7% to their total cases since May 27. In that same time period, the rest of the country, minus New Jersey and New York, has seen a 65% increase in total cases. The other 48 states have accounted for over three-quarters of a million new cases in one month’s time. In many states, the surges have not yet abated.