For the first time since April 5, no new positive coronavirus cases were reported in Cape May County Wednesday.
The county also said that as the number of testing locations has increased, and that the rate of positive test has decreased – to 2.5% for the week of May 17 to May 23.
“Our Health Department has done amazing work with the health community and now private companies who are stepping up to providing COVID-19 testing,” Cape May County Freeholder Jeff Pierson, who is the liaison to the county health department, said. “We continue to see more testing options for residents and encourage anyone who thinks they might have symptoms to get tested.”
The results coincide with the decline in the total number of reported coronavirus cases in New Jersey. On Wednesday, officials reported 652 new positive tests statewide, raising the total to 162,068 cases.
The county credited the decreased on people for washing their hands, wearing masks, and socially distancing while in public.
“People have taken great personal responsibility in keeping safe, and we have seen the results,” Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said. “As we continue to open up our State, we ask people to continue to be smart about keeping six feet distance or wearing a mask when proper social distancing can’t take place.”
During that time, the county had 65 positive results from the 2,174 tests conducted.
The Bayshore Farmers’ Market will occur every Saturday, year-round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine at Bayshore Medical Center, 727 North Beers Street in Holmdel. All the vendors will wear masks, according to a hospital spokesman.
The Market will spotlight produce, meats, seafood and cheeses, all of which are locally sourced. Bayshore’s medical staff will also be on hand to provide patrons with information and recommendations from a variety of specialties including, food and nutrition, diabetes management, cardiology, and more.
“Providing our community the ability to purchase locally grown food and simultaneously consult with Bayshore’s health care experts is something we are very excited to offer,” says chief hospital executive Frank Citara. “Bayshore Medical Center has been a part of this community for almost 50 years and we look forward to providing our neighbors with this exciting and unique experience.”
The hospital says it will be following all the latest protocols and orders set by local, state and federal governments. All the vendors will wear masks, according to a hospital spokesman.
For more information on the farmer’s market and health care specialties, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/FarmersMarket.