Archives for March 2020

Formalizing Their Protest Against Outside Visitors

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders is supporting a unanimous position from the 16 municipalities in Cape May County agreed upon on Monday, March 30th. The position taken by the mayors is strongly discouraging short-term rentals of properties in the County for the duration of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders, and strongly discourages non-essential visitation to their communities by visitors and property owners during the length of the pandemic. This policy was agreed upon during a conference call involving elected and appointed officials.

Atlantic County COVID-19 Update

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 as of this morning, Tuesday, March 31. This brings the countywide total to 31. Of those cases, five residents have now been cleared as “recovered.”

Most individuals with mild or moderate symptoms of the virus, such as fever and cough, are able to recover at home in about two or more weeks.

Atlantic County reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 18.

Spirit Continues to Fly out of Atlantic City

Spirit Airlines is temporarily suspending service to and from Newark International Airport along with other airports in New York and Connecticut in response to a federal advisory warning against non-essential travel to the tri-state area because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spirit, the only major airline flying out of Atlantic City International, is continuing to offer flights from that airport with 10 departures listed on Tuesday to Florida and South Carolina, according to FlightAware.com.

NJ Fraud Crackdown Stemming From COVID-19 Cases

New Jersey’s U.S. attorney and the state attorney general have teamed up to crack down on fraud stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Monday announced a joint state-federal task force to go after people who illegally hoard supplies, gouge prices and conduct other scams. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has said the state would aggressively pursue any violators. The state has seen more than 16,000 positive coronavirus cases, with nearly 200 deaths.

Cumberland County to Open Drive-Thru Testing Site

According to a release from Cumberland County, the Cumberland County Department of Health, the Vineland Health Department and the CompleteCare Health Network are partnering to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. Only Cumberland County residents and CompleteCare Health Network patients with symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to schedule an appointment to be tested. The location of the testing site was not disclosed, but those who qualify will be notified.

Cape May Beaches Closed

Cape May city officials on Monday night ordered that all beaches and the city promenade would be closed in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. so far, there have been 30 cases identified in Atlantic County, 12 in Cumberland and 19 in Cape May. Of the cases that have been identified in Cape May, five have recovered, according to a news release from county officials, leaving 14 active. State officials scheduled a 1 p.m. briefing Tuesday to update residents on the spread of COVID-19. Cape May County continues to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. On Monday March 30th, a 35-year-old male, 93-year-old female, 68-year-old female, 56-year-old female and a 63-year-old male were reported positive for COVID-19, and 5 individuals have fully recovered in Cape May County.

Latest Cape May County COVID-19 Numbers

Cape May County continues to see a sharp increase in COVID-19
cases. New Jersey currently has 16,636 cases, and 198 deaths. Monday, in the county, a 35-year-old male, 93-
year-old female, 68-year-old female, 56-year-old female and a 63-year-old male were reported
positive for Covid-19 and 5 individuals have fully recovered in Cape May County.

Sea Isle Prohibiting Online Marketplaces From Offering Short Term Rentals

Sea Isle is going a step further in making sure the community and the health system aren’t overrun by people trying to escape coronavirus in other places. Sea Isle City is prohibiting online marketplaces from offering short-term rentals until further notice.
The mayor has spoken with leaders in the Sea Isle City real estate community, and they have agreed to suspend short-term rentals through the month of April. He is urging all property owners to do the same.

AC Expressway Toll Hike Hearings Will Be Held Remotely

Public hearings on a proposed Atlantic City Expressway toll hike will be held remotely. The thinking is in-person meetings are not a good idea right now and the South Jersey Transportation Authority changed the notice on its website about the hearings set for April 1 and April 2, along with links for how people can participate online, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

AC Expressway Could Increase Tolls

The New Jersey agency that operates the Atlantic City Expressway has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday to consider toll increase despite the governor’s order for residents to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The South Jersey Transportation Authority has two meetings planned for Wednesday and a third on Thursday to consider capital projects financed by average toll increases of 57 cents at most. The authority is also considering automatic toll increases of at most 3% annually beginning in 2022.