Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cape May County, bringing the total number countywide to 26.
The latest cases include a 26-year-old male, 51-year-old male, 18-year-old female, 67-year-old female, 76-year-old female, 77-year-old male and a 29-year-old male, the county reported Tuesday.
Meanwhile, New Jersey has become the second leading state in the country with 18,696 total COVID-19 cases and 267 deaths.
Following is a breakdown showing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in each municipality in Cape May County:
|CAPE MAY CITY||3|
|CAPE MAY POINT||0|
|SEA ISLE CITY||1|
|WEST CAPE MAY||0|
|TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY||26|
The Centers for Disease Control identifies those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 to include:
- People age 65 and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- Women who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
“There is no treatment at this time for COVID-19, which makes prevention even more important. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by avoiding exposure and to continue with social distancing measures. Refraining from non-essential domestic travel can help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas said.
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
What can you do, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness?
- Stay home.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
- Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19. Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov.
For additional information, visit Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net