Archives for April 2020

Wildwood Crest Probes IT Suspicious Activity

Wildwood Crest commissioners have hired a data privacy law firm and an IT security service to investigate suspicious activity they found with the borough’s system. The Cape May County Herald reports Mullen Coughlin, a Main Line law firm that specializes in cybersecurity, and Tracepoint LLC, a NewOrleans-based company known for conducting drug and background testing, will oversee the investigation into the potential breach and the necessary response.

Five More Fatalities And 57 New COVID-19 Cases In Atlantic County

Five more fatalities due to complications from COVID-19 were reported today by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health. They included a 78-year old woman and a 59-year old man, both of Hammonton; an 81-year old Absecon man; a 78-year old Egg Harbor Township man; and an 89-year old Linwood woman. Four of the five were residents of long-term care facilities.

County health officials also confirmed 57 new cases among 25 males, ages 22-88 and 32 females, ages 7-92 . Twenty-one additional residents have been cleared as recovered. This brings the countywide totals to 960 confirmed cases, 42 deaths and 178 recovered residents.

Atlantic County has tested nearly 700 residents to date with a 27.1% rate of positivity among those tested. The statewide rate of positivity has been slowly decreasing but remains more than 40%.

NJ Parks to Reopen This Weekend

A reminder, New Jersey is getting its parks and golf courses back starting Saturday.
That is, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, as long as the state’s residents can comply with new guidelines. While the public will again have access to state and county parks, plus golf courses, starting at dawn on Saturday, residents will need to continue to practice social distancing while using them in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Murphy tells Trump NJ Will Need Billions

Gov. Phil Murphy said today during an Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump that the state could need $20 billion to $30 billion in assistance to deal with COVID-19 fallout. Murphy said the cash would “keep firefighters, teachers, police, EMS, on the payroll serving the communities in their hour of need. ” Murphy thanked the federal government for what he expects will be a doubling by late May of the number of COVID-19 tests it completes daily, which stands at about 9,000 per day. New Jersey is among the hardest-hit states, with about 116,000 positive cases and 6,770 deaths.

AC Casinos Team Up with AtlantiCare

Atlantic City’s casinos are teaming up with a hospital system to consult on protocols and best practices regarding the coronavirus before the casinos reopen. No date has been set thus far for the nine casinos to reopen. But The Casino Association of New Jersey said Wednesday it is working with AtlantiCare to share information on the virus and make recommendations, including lessons the health care system has learned in its own hospitals.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers & Testing Info

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has confirmed the deaths of a 91-year old woman in Egg Harbor Township and an 83-year old man in Hammonton from complications from the coronavirus. The countywide totals now at 903 confirmed cases, 37 deaths and 157 recovered residents. COVID-19 testing today for Atlantic County residents has been postponed to next week due to inclement weather. If you had an appointment today, it will automatically be rolloed over to same time on Monday.

Additional Death In Cape May County From COVID-19

The Cape May County Department of Health reports 323 people have now tested positive and an 89-year-old female from Dennis Township has died from COVID-19. The total deaths from this disease in Cape May County is now 21.

Atlantic County Confirms Two More Deaths and 25 New COVID-19 Cases

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has confirmed the deaths of a 91-year old woman in Egg Harbor Township and an 83-year old man in Hammonton from complications from the coronavirus. Both individuals were residents of long-term care facilities who had pre-existing health conditions that contributed to their deaths.

County health officials also confirmed 25 more residents who have tested positive among 12 men, ages 28-80 and 13 women, ages 18-96. Thirty more residents have been cleared as recovered.

This brings the countywide totals to 903 confirmed cases, 37 deaths and 157 recovered residents.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers & More

So far, Atlantic County has recorded 878 confirmed cases, 35 deaths and 127 residents cleared as recovered. Cape May County has recorded 314 cases, with 109 recovered and 20 deaths. Cumberland County has recorded 645 cases and nine deaths. Also today, Murphy signed an executive order allowing petitions seeking to place municipal or county initiatives or referendums on the ballot to be signed electronically. And the governor also announced that the state Department of Labor will begin notifying recipients of the first round of federal pandemic unemployment assistance program.

Gov. Murphy to Reopen Parks & Golf Courses

Gov. Phil Murphy said today he will reopen state and county parks as well as golf courses on Saturday. Golf courses were considered nonessential businesses, which have been closed since March. Murphy announced the change in a tweet, saying that social distancing must still be observed even after the facilities reopen. The governor has been under increasing pressure from officials, including Republicans, to reopen these recreational businesses. When asked about beaches reopening over the Memorial Day holiday, Murphy said “we’ll see how it goes” as parks open this weekend.