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Officials Focus on COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The New Jersey Department of Health unveiled an online dashboard highlighting New Jersey’s contact tracing efforts throughout the state. The state, working with the Rutgers School of Public Health and Public Consulting Group, is continuing to build a strong, quality contact tracing program. CommCare, the state’s uniform data reporting system, was introduced and launched statewide in early July, according to a Cape May County press release.

Mayor’s Message: Event Cancellations

Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday the cancellation of all special events through October in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They include Ocean City's Baby Parade, the September air shows, the Corvette Show on the Boardwalk, the OCNJ Half Marathon and the Fall Block Party.

Special Weather Statement: Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City through 1 p.m. Friday. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms producing locally heavy rain will develop through Friday morning. The ground remains saturated in the region due to the recent heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Isaias, and this will make it easier than usual for flooding to occur in areas that receive heavy rainfall over a short duration.

Special Weather Statement: Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to lash the Jersey Shore with drenching rain, strong winds and flash flooding, according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service. Heavy rain leading to flash flooding is possible from Monday night through Tuesday night in Ocean City and is currently the primary concern with the storm, forecasters say.

Mayor’s Message: July 31

Mayor Jay Gillian is urging everyone to pay attention to the weather forecast as Hurricane Isaias is expected to move up the coast in the next few days. "It’s still too early to tell exactly what effects Ocean City could see from Isaias. But we will have a full-moon tide on Monday (Aug. 3) at about 9 p.m. If wind and rain from the storm coincide with that tide, street flooding is likely," Gillian said Friday in his weekly statement to the public. His entire statement follows.

County Enters New Phase of “Safely Together” Pledge

The Cape May County COVID Recovery Task Force announced Thursday that the “Safely Together” public health campaign will enter its second phase with the addition of a pledge component, as well as other aspects. Businesses are asked to join the commitment to staying open by “Making the Pledge” to diligently follow best practices and health protocols with respect to limiting the spread of COVID-19. People also are asked to acknowledge that they will both follow health protocols and frequent local businesses that have “Made the Pledge.”

Cape May County COVID-19 Test Sites

Cape May County has released the locations for COVID-19 testing sites. Details follow.

County Cuts Costs Amid COVID-19

Cape May County government is taking steps to reduce its expenditures during the coronavirus pandemic, the county announced Tuesday. Changes include a 10 percent reduction through the end of this budget year for operating expenses and capital budget items. All new bonding for capital projects has been tabled. There has also been a general moratorium on hiring.

Cape May County Announces Coronavirus Testing Clinics

Freeholder Jeff Pierson announced Monday that the Cape May County Department of Health and CompleteCare Health Network (CCHN) are partnering to open drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinics. The first drive-thru will be held on Thursday, July 30, by appointment only at the Cape May County Fire Academy, 171 Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, starting at 8 a.m. Other testing dates will be scheduled based on community need. Details follow for scheduling a test appointment.

UMC Unveils ‘The Road Forward’

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of long-term care communities have patiently awaited the time when they could visit face-to-face with their loved ones. That desire was granted when the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) issued a directive permitting outdoor visitation beginning on June 21. As a faith-based ministry, United Methodist Communities (UMC) continues to focus on protecting its residents, clients and associates in the wake of COVID-19. In March, they formed a COVID-19 Response Team composed of organizational leaders representing all 13 locations, including the UMC facilities in Ocean City. The primary objective of The Road Forward is to safely progress to the “new normal’ while minimizing the risk of spreading the virus. Transitioning from more to less restrictive zone brings greater risk, so as a protective measure, the team will closely monitor and make necessary adjustments.