Upper Township woman is Cape's first COVID-19 death
A 72-year-old Upper Township woman is Cape May County’s first coronavirus-related death, officials announced Saturday. “I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in Cape May County, we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.” The county reported 16 newly confirmed cases Saturday, for a total of 69. Fifteen of those are listed as recovered. Lower Township has the most cases with 21. The Upper Township woman was one of four cases there. “My heart is with the family, friends, and neighbors who are grieving,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Health Department and an Upper Township resident. “This loss is deeply felt by our entire community. Now more than ever, each of us must do our part to prevent the spread of this virus, especially to our most vulnerable residents.” Health Officer Kevin Thomas emphasized the importance of all residents to do their part to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in our communities who might be at higher risk of severe illness or death. The most vulnerable include those older than 65 and those with underlying health conditions. The newly confirmed cases include two men, ages 73 and 47. There were 14 women, ranging in age from 28 to 90.
Cape May County is opening a drive-thru testing site.
The site will be open once a week, and is only for county residents or CompleteCare patients. Patients can only come with an appointment and must have symptoms and meet certain criteria.
“Most individuals have mild symptoms and are able to recover at home," Health Officer Kevin Thomas said. "If you can maintain your symptoms at home, we urge you to do so.
Testing requires personal protective equipment, which we want to preserve for our first-responders.” The location is not being disclosed publicly to protect the confidentiality and safety of residents.
Symptomatic first-responders who are residents of the county will be given priority testing. In order to receive testing. Read more...