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For first time since early April, a N.J. county reports no new cases of the coronavirus – NJ.com

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.

During that time, the county had 65 positive results from the 2,174 tests conducted.

“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.”

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Chris Franklin may be reached at cfranklin@njadvancemedia.com.

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