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COURT HOUSE – May 12: For the third straight day, Cape May County reported a single-digit increase in new COVID-19 cases. The nine new cases came on a day when the county experienced two additional fatalities.
The two fatalities were a 71-year-old and an 80-year-old female, both residents of a Lower Township long-term care facility.
The new cases included three each in Lower and Middle townships, along with one each in Dennis Township, Ocean City and West Cape May. They bring the county total to 479 with 244 cases active, 199 individuals off quarantine, and 36 deaths.
The state reported 198 new fatalities today, bringing the state COVID-19 death toll to 9,508. New cases continued to slow with 898 for a statewide total of 140,743.
Saying that New Jersey is “the densest state in the nation,” Murphy appeared to reject calls for a regional reopening strategy, saying that any relaxation of his stay-at-home restrictions would be done statewide and when all areas are ready.
Murphy continued to promise hard dates for a gradual reopening of the state later in the week.
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