Hawaii’s governor has implemented a stay-at-home order and travel restrictions for the island of Lanai beginning Tuesday because of an outbreak of coronavirus infections.
Gov. David Ige signed the order Monday requiring residents and visitors to remain at home or where they’re staying, except for essential purposes such as grocery shopping.Read More
GALLOWAY, NJ — The Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library will remain closed until further notice because of coronavirus exposure. Someone who had been in the facility tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials.
The library closed Friday, when the Atlantic County Division of Public Health began contact tracing. Officials instructed employees to self-quarantine and monitor their health.
Anyone identified as a “close contact” with the individual will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, muscle aches and new loss of taste or smell. Unless health officials contact you, you’re not considered a close contact.
Additional deep cleaning and sanitization of the library will occur.
County and health officials remind the public to remain vigilant. The amount of coronavirus cases in the county, state and nation has seen an uptick. New Jersey’s total of 1,994 new cases on Saturday was the highest single-day count reported since May 6.
“We are all concerned about the resilience of this virus and the devastating toll this pandemic has taken,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement. “Until we have a vaccine and can mitigate the spread of Covid-19, it is vitally important to continue to protect ourselves and others by wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowds, and practicing frequent handwashing and other hygiene protocols.”
State officials have reported 5,045 cases, 253 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 11 “probable” deaths in Atlantic County since the pandemic began.
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OCEAN CITY, NJ — Here are the latest coronavirus updates around Ocean City and Cape May County.
The Cape May County Health Department reported the following in Ocean City as of Sunday morning — figures from Ocean City Patch’s last update Oct. 15 are in parenthesis.
resident active cases: 19 (11)
residents cleared off quarantine: 112 (98)
community deaths: one (one)
nonresident active cases: zero (one)
longterm-care active cases: zero (zero)
longterm-care cleared off quarantine: five (five)
longterm-care deaths: two (two)
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The CMCHD reported the following county-wide numbers as of Sunday morning:
community resident active cases: 122 (73 on Oct. 15)
community residents cleared off quarantine: 1,130 (1,089)
community deaths: 32 (30)
nonresident active cases: four (nine)
longterm-care active cases: two (two)
longterm-care cleared off quarantine: 188 (188)
longterm-care deaths: 62 (62)
See more data here.
Mobile coronavirus testing will come to Ocean City and Cape May County in the coming months. The county will develop mobile and walk-up testing options for people who have trouble accessing the county’s stationary testing sites. It may take some time though. Cape May County received a $552,513 grant through the New Jersey Department of Health, which the county will use to expand COVID-19 testing over the next six months. MORE.
An employee at the Motor Vehicle Commission Licensing Center in the Cardiff section of town tested positive for the coronavirus, the MVC announced Tuesday evening. The facility will reopen next Wednesday. MORE.
Despite a small bump in coronavirus inpatients, doctors told Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian they are not “overly concerned.” But Gillian said everyone should continue to take precautions. MORE.
Here’s what else you should know:
Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday extended New Jersey’s public health emergency amid the coronavirus crisis for the seventh time as the state reported its highest daily case number in five months. MORE.
Long lines have plagued New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Centers since its reopening in July. Starting Nov. 2, some of the MVC centers will no longer allow walk-ins, shifting to an appointment-only system. MORE.
Murphy has signed four coronavirus bills into law – two dealing with long-term care. MORE.
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NORTH BRANFORD, CT — The Northford Ice Pavilion has made the decision, on the recommendation of the East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), to temporary close its facility for a week, in light of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among players, coaches and their family members associated to the sport of ice hockey locally and throughout Connecticut, officials announced Sunday.
The local public health department reports that cases of Covid-19 connected to ice hockey have been happening sporadically in the last eight weeks and there was a sudden increase over the past few weeks with over 20 positive cases related to ice hockey.
In addition, as recommended by the CDC and State Public Health Department, there are a number of persons in quarantine. Michael Pascucilla, the Director of Health and health department staff met virtually with the operators of the rink on Friday and it was mutually agreed that the facility should temporarily pause all ice hockey activities.
Pascucilla “expressed his sincere thanks to the Northford Ice Pavilion operators for their proactive leadership in protecting the ice hockey sporting community and the local residents of North Branford and the surrounding towns.”
Rink Manager, Bill Maniscalco stated “that it’s important that the Northford Ice Pavilion do its part to keep the skating community and staff protected with the increase of cases. The reopening of the ice rinks will be revisited as cases subside. Hopefully we can return to normal soon, but in the meantime, we ask that people remain safe and vigilant”.
It should also be noted these sport precautional measures are being implemented in other states, most recently in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
ESDHD wants to inform all residents that our local COVID-19 infection rates have significantly increased, and we want to reminder everyone to be diligent in taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, their families and our community, these include:
Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
Wearing a face mask or covering when around others.
Keeping a social distance of 6 feet or more from others.
If you do become ill, immediately call your doctor.
Avoid large gatherings and social events
For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, please call 2-1-1.
Symptoms of COVID-19. include fever, uncontrolled new cough, difficulty breathing and loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.
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Dorchester County School Superintendent W. David Bromwell said about 20 percent of the school system’s 4,700 students were on campus part time — a number slated to more than double next week under a hybrid-learning plan for pre-K to grade 12.
“We were doing well and moving slowly,” he said. But a sudden spike in the prevalence of the coronavirus brought the plan to a halt.
The test-positivity rate jumped from 2.9 percent to 6.1 percent in a eight-day period, said Dorchester County Health Officer Roger Harrell.
Coronavirus cases have not spread in schools, school and health officials said. They called the closure a cautionary measure taken to prevent a school outbreak.
“The scary part is how quickly it flipped, and it seemed to be growing exponentially,” Bromwell said. “It just appears that it’s hitting rural America.”
The sharp increase has not been traced to a particular event or outbreak in any part of the county and has affected people across age levels, Harrell said. The county includes the city of Cambridge, amid an expanse of farmland and waterways.
“We’ve not really figured out why,” he said. “I wish we had the magic answer, but we don’t have it yet.”
It will take at least two weeks of consistently lower positivity rates before schools can reopen, officials said.
At that point, Thanksgiving — and the possibility of spread during family get-togethers — may be around the corner and “certainly a concern,” Bromwell said.
“It kind of takes the wind out of your sails,” he said. “You start to get the impression that you’re returning to normalcy, and then . . . it takes the wind out of you.”
In recent months, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and State Superintendent Karen Salmon have visited schools around the state, lauding efforts to revive classroom instruction. Hogan said in late August that school systems were fully authorized to begin safely reopening for in-person classes, based on improving health metrics.
Nineteen of the state’s 24 school systems have opened school buildings to students to some extent this fall, state officials said Friday.
Hogan’s office issued a statement Friday saying Dorchester’s approach is consistent with data-driven health metrics provided by the state.
“The recent rise in the county’s positivity rate is connected to a small number of family clusters, which is in line with trends we are seeing statewide,” spokesman Mike Ricci said.
Salmon called the changes in Dorchester “an example of the metrics being utilized to inform health-based decisions at the local level,” according to a statement provided by the Maryland Department of Health.
Dorchester opened Sept. 8 and soon brought back seniors in career programs and later students with special needs. More recently, it embarked on a hybrid approach that combined online and in-person learning for students in pre-K, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade.
Since schools opened, nine people related to schools in Dorchester have tested positive: four students, all teenagers, and five employees, only some of whom worked in school buildings.
BANGKOK — Thailand has closed all border crossings between its northern province of Tak and Myanmar after five people in the Thai border town of Mae Sot tested positive for the coronavirus.
The five, none of whom exhibited symptoms, are the first locally transmitted cases confirmed in Thailand since early September, when a prison inmate tested positive.… Read More
BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month.
The measures are set to enter force from Monday. The curfew will be enforced from midnight until 5:00 a.m. Alcohol sales will be banned after 8:00 p.m. The number of people that Belgians should see socially outside family members will be reduced from three to a maximum of just one — all month.Read More