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County’s COVID Metrics Continue Downward Trend

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By Vince Conti

COURT HOUSE – June 6: The death of a 71-year-old Middle Township woman brought the number of fatalities caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the county to 50. Today, the county also announced four new cases, one in a long-term care facility, in Middle Township, and the other three in Cape May, Lower Township and Wildwood, each with one.
With the metrics for the outbreak of the pandemic in the county continuing to trend well, much of the focus is now on the recovery. June 1 unemployment numbers for the county are at 26.6%. That is the second-highest county rate in the state, only behind neighboring Atlantic County, with its shuttered casinos.
Many businesses in the county are preparing for June 15, when outdoor dining will commence and capacity restricted in-store retail can begin for non=essential merchants.
Today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 60 additional fatalities and 606 new COVID-19 cases. Since the first case was reported in the state March 4, the state has endured 163,893 cases, with 12,106 New Jerseyans succumbing to the coronavirus.
Hospitalizations continue to decline, with 1,882 COVID-19 patients now being treated. Of those, 539 require intensive or critical care, while 385 are on ventilators.

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