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COURT HOUSE - June 2: The county’s COVID-19 case count rose by only two new positive cases today. The Health Department reported one case in Lower Township and one in Ocean City.

The more dramatic news in a county news release was the growth in the number of cases off quarantine. Since yesterday’s report, 109 individuals were removed from quarantine, meaning that two-thirds of all county cases have now recovered.

The county report noted that the one week total since the week began on May 27 was 45 new cases and two fatalities, a continuing decline in both categories since April and early May.

The case count now stands at 639 total cases, 431 individuals now off quarantine, 159 still active cases and 49 fatalities. Cape May County now has the lowest total case count among the state’s 21 counties.

These numbers come as the state released new data that shows that the rate of reproduction of the coronavirus has slowed markedly. The metric compares the average number of persons infected by each infected person. 

The metric has moved from just over five individuals infected by each infected person in late March to just under one new infection. The metric uses a seven to 14 days incubation period in the computation.

The state today announced 51 new fatalities and 708 additional confirmed cases, bringing the cumulative totals to 161,545 cases and 11,770 fatalities.

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