Gov. Murphy on Latest Openings

At his daily briefing this afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that child care services, organized sports, practices and youth day camps can resume in the coming weeks. The executive order goes into effect for the child care centers June 15th, organized sports on June 22nd, and youth day camps on July 6th.

Remains of Woman Last Seen in Atlantic City Recovered After 2 Decades

On Thursday, police say a woman whose skeletal remains were found along a suburban New York beach highway, was identified as a Philadelphia escort who went missing two decades ago. The woman previously known as “Jane Doe Number 6” was identified through genetic genealogy technology as Valerie Mack, who was last seen in 2000 near Atlantic City. Investigators have not been able to determine who is responsible for this death and others involving sex workers.

County Officials Want Small Businesses Reopened

Two Atlantic County officials are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen all businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Press of Atlantic City reporting it’s the second letter from county Executive Dennis Levinson and Freeholder Chairman Frank D. Formica to the governor focusing on small businesses which remain shuttered as non-essential. The last letter was sent before the Memorial Day holiday.

Grace Period For Property Taxes In Sea Isle Coming To An End

As a reminder, the grace period for second-quarter property taxes in Sea Isle was extended to June 1, 2020. After that date, a penalty for late payment will be applied from the original statutory due date May 1, 2020. Second-quarter water-sewer utility payments are due June 1, 2020; however, the grace period for second-quarter water-sewer bills is expected to be extended to July 1, 2020, pending the anticipated adoption of a resolution to allow the extension on June 9. Payments can be made by mail, online at www.seaislecitynj.us, or at one of two drop boxes at City Hall

NJ Unemployment Applications Down

New Jersey saw the lowest weekly total of people seeking unemployment benefits since the conronavirus outbreak struck according to the state Labor Department today. New application fell to just over 34,000 last week, down from about 42,000 the week before and far below the record high high of 215,000 in early April.

Gov. Murphy Talks Numbers & More Federal Funding

At his daily briefing this afternoon Governor Phil Murphy stressed the importance of remaining vigilant and maintaining social distancing no matter where you are. So far,Atlantic County has reported 2,147 positive cases with 156 deaths and 796 cleared as recovered. Cape May County has reported 612 active cases with 47 deaths and 277 designated off quarantine. Gov. Murphy says he will speak tomorrow about New Jersey getting continued federal funding for National Guard and especially how they have helped at long term car facilities.

Water Park Likely to Stay Closed Until Next Season

Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club in Wildwood will likely be closed for the 2020 season as coronavirus restrictions remain in place. The water park joins one of Morey’s Piers, which will also be closed for the summer. Which of the three piers will remain closed has not yet been decided. The plan is subject to change based on guidance from the state and current health guidelines.

Atlantic County Jail Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Atlantic County jail has tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials on Wednesday. The Press of Atlantic City reporting the man had recently arrived at the facility and tested positive for the new coronavirus. Officials believe that he was positive when it got to the jail. Officials did not release the name of the inmate, who is currently quarantined. No staff members tested positive,

Latest COVID-19 Numbers For Atlantic County

Atlantic County health officials confirmed seven more deaths related to Covid-19, all of whom had pre-existing conditions. They included an 87-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman from Pleasantville, an 88-year-old Absecon man, an 81-year-old Galloway woman, an 85-year-old Egg Harbor City woman, an 84-year-old Egg Harbor Township man and a 42-year-old Hammonton man. Three of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

The county also reported 50 more positives among 11 males, ages 16-94 and 39 females, ages 3-99. Eighteen of today’s cases are Pleasantville residents, seven are from Atlantic City and six are from Galloway. Egg Harbor Township and Hamilton Township each had four new positives while Absecon and Somers Point each had three. Two new cases were confirmed in Hammonton and one new positive was found in Egg Harbor City, Estell Manor and Margate.

Atlantic County has confirmed 2,147 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 and 156 deaths to date. Eighty-four more residents have been cleared as recovered for a countywide total of 796.

Atlantic County will continue its COVID-19 testing on Thursday, May 28, 10 AM – 1 PM, for symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s prescription, proof of residency and appointment confirmation. The testing location has been moved to Northfield, behind the county’s Public Works facility, at Route 9 (New Road) and Dolphin Avenue.

$100 Million Water Park Proposed For AC

A $100 million year round water park is in the works, compliments of the owner of Atlantic City’s Showboat hotel. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the plan is to break ground on the park in August and developers are looking for a state tax credit to help finance it. No name for the park as yet, which is being focused on family entertainment.