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Mobile Testing, Nearby MVC Closes

OCEAN CITY, NJ — Here are the latest coronavirus updates around Ocean City and Cape May County.

Cases
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.

Recent Updates

  • 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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Mobile dentist to provide care for children in Carson City

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will offer oral health care to children and pregnant women at three locations in Carson City next week.
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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Nevada Health Centers and Ronald McDonald House Charities, will offer oral health care to children up to age 21 and to pregnant women at three locations in Carson City  Oct. 27-29.

The RMCM offers the same services provided in a brick and mortar dental facility and is staffed with a dentist, dental assistants and office assistants.

COVID precautions will be in place. Preventive dental services will be provided in addition to emergency restorative care. Call 800-787-2568 to schedule an appointment.

Services will be provided at the following times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at McDonald’s, 3095 S. Carson St.

Nevada Health Centers accepts most dental insurance plans, Medicaid and Nevada Check-up.

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Indigenous mobile health unit combines traditional and modern medicine for treatment

TORONTO —
A mobile health unit in Toronto is combining traditional Indigenous treatments and modern medicine to help care for the city’s homeless and most vulnerable people.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto developed its mobile health unit after witnessing a rise in homelessness and overdoses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nurses, doctors and social workers tour the city’s homeless encampments and other areas to test and treat people in need of medical attention.

“We are providing COVID testing and for people that are homeless, transient and living rough, and also primary health care,” Jane Harrison with the Anishnawbe Health Toronto Mobile Unit told CTV News.

The system allows the health unit to track and care for the people who are experiencing homelessness and may have contracted COVID-19, while also affording them the ability to travel to where they’re needed most.

Now, the mobile health unit typically sees about 100 people per day.

“You can find 50 (to) 60 tents in some of these parks,” said Harvey Manning, director of Programs and Services at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. “What has happened is a lot of drop-in’s have closed. There’s fewer places for people to eat.”

Anishnawbe Health Toronto began in 1984 after its founder, Joe Sylvester, realized a “more comprehensive approach to health care” was needed among the Indigenous community in Toronto.

The health unit promotes traditional forms of Indigenous medicine and practices and offers its patients access to traditional healers, elders and medicine people, along with dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists. The health unit also helps people looking to “escape homelessness.”

“Anishnawbe Health has saved my life,” said Bonnie Gegwetch, a client of the organization.

For Gegwetch, having access to Anishnawbe Health Toronto has helped her to connect with her roots.

“I’m part of the 60s scoop,” she said. “This is my culture, this is where I found it.”

“Anishnawbe health has done an awesome job.”

The health unit is currently fundraising to put all of its services in one new building in downtown Toronto. Construction on the new facility is set to begin later this year.

Wiith files from CTV National News and Indigenous Circle reporter Donna Sound

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