Weekly COVID-19 Case Updates

OCEAN CITY, NJ (Updated May 5, 2021) - As Cape May County is experiencing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, which has placed the County in the high risk zone, it is important to understand the definitions of close contact. The U.S. health officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer, but repeated encounters.  

As mentioned in previous communications, the CDC said close contact meant spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus. The CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more — so shorter but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period now count. The district will work to keep 6 feet of social distance where possible, particularly at lunch, but in some classes, students may be spaced closer to 3 feet apart. The schools will work on room modifications to possibly increase space between students and staff.

The CDC continues to advise anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks. 

Totals Post Winter Break (Updated May 5, 2021)

The number of close contact cases as of May 5, 2021 for the School District are: 737. There have been 124 positive cases in the School District post winter break. 


Student/Staff Placed on Quarantine Status (Close/Direct Contact)

Positive Cases

High School



Intermediate School



Primary School



Prior to winter break, there were 488 close contact cases and 79 positive cases within the District. 

OCSD Messages

March 2021 Community Letter

Official Links

The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

Pre-Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The NJ COVID-19 Weekly Activity Report

The NJDOH COVID-19 Updates Dashboard

The Cape May County Department of Health 30-Day Summary of Cases

"COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts"

NJDOH Closure Information


Archived Information

1-12 UPDATE: Five Day In-Person Instruction Starting February

12-11 UPDATE: OCSD MESSAGE - Changes and Adjustments in OCSD Schools

11-25 UPDATE: OCSD MESSAGE - COVID Activity Level Update

11-23 UPDATE: OCSD MESSAGE - Potential High Risk Status and Impact

11-2 UPDATE: NJ COVID-19 Vaccination Plan At-A-Glance

·          NJDOH, “Investigation Guidance for New Jersey Local Health Departments”, September 7, 2020
·          New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A, Chapter 16 2 and N.J.A.C.10:122 (Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers) mandate that each school district/child care center shall immediately report any communicable diseases that are identified as reportable pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57 1, whether confirmed or presumed, by telephone to the health officer of the jurisdiction in which the school is located
·          Does not include transmission associated with extracurricular activities e.g., school sports team practices, social gatherings involving multiple students from the same school