Cumberland County has received word from both the New Jersey and Cumberland County Departments of Health that there is one resident of Cumberland County who has tested positive for COVID-19. To protect the privacy of the individual affected, we are not able to provide any details concerning the individual; however, hospital isolation protocols are being followed.
Although additional cases are likely, we believe that Cumberland County is well prepared to minimize the spread of the virus and address the needs of those who are ill. We are in continuous communication with state and local public health officials regarding new suspected and confirmed cases. Our goal continues to be “flattening the curve” of expected cases to ensure that our healthcare providers have the capacity to treat those who need their care.
Toward this end, the County Freeholder Board has taken the following steps:
• Board of Chosen Freeholders have approved a Resolution declaring a County wide emergency with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
• County Administration has closed public access to all County Buildings
• The Cumberland County Department of Health has added a hotline number to facilitate the phone calls more effectively and efficiently—856-327-7090 and Vineland Board of Health hotline number—856-405-4603. The community is encouraged to call to obtain accurate and quick responses to your concerns and questions.
• Through collaboration and coordination with the County Department of Health, the creation of educational/guidance documents and resource information has been disseminated with critical information about the disease, its potential transmission, and steps to prevent spread of COVID-19.
• Established direct lines of frequent communication between Cumberland County’s public health officials, administrators and department heads to ensure the County’s resources are utilized timely and effectively to control spread of the disease.
• Leveraged county resources to support those who are the subject of home isolation because they are at a high risk for a poor outcome should they contract the illness.
• Reached out to the business community through the Greater Vineland Bridgeton Area and Millville Chambers of Commerce.
• Communicated directly with all local Municipalities and Townships to ensure they have the resources needed to address all concerns of their residents and businesses via teleconferencing meetings and electronic communication.
• For the senior population and those with compromised health issues, the Office of the Aging has taken the following actions:
1. Home Delivered Meals program continues to operate providing the daily hot meals for those aged 60+.
2. Senior Centers were closed throughout the County. Those determined to be the most vulnerable were immediately placed on the Home Delivered Meals program.
3. CATS continues transportation for medical reasons and grocery shopping.
4. Office on Aging Intake and Outreach staff are making wellness calls for vulnerable seniors (lists obtained from current program lists, social day care centers, agency referrals).
Visit NJDOH and CDC websites for more information on COVID-19:
Coronavirus questions are being handled by the health experts at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
• Cumberland County Department of Health CCDOH Hotline: 856-327-7090
• ccdoh.org www.facebook.com/CCDOH
City of Vineland Health Department Hotline: 856-405-4603 or vldhealth.org.