Two popular beaches near Ocean City controlled by New Jersey were closed to visitors on Sunday, only a day after Governor Phil Murphy allowed state parks and areas to reopen.
State park services and wildlife management officials closed parking lots and beach access in the Corsons Inlet State Park and dog beaches in the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area until further notice.
New State State Park police stationed officers in the Corsons Inlet parking lot at the southern end of Ocean City and only allowed access to the launch ship. A public servant in the parking lot told someone who tried to enter that there were too many people in Corsons Inlet on Saturday, so the country was forced to close it on Sunday.
Officials also put up signs, put up barriers and forced those who had dogs to leave Malibu Beach in Egg Harbor Township between Ocean City and Longport on Sunday.
Jason Dougherty has been driving an hour from his home in Logan Township, Gloucester County, with his wife, two daughters and a five-year-old mixed-race one. He was a little disappointed after a long journey.
“Getting out of the salt air would be very valuable,” Dougherty said. But he also said he understood why the country closed it on Sunday.
“We both work in hospitals,” he said. “It’s not worth the risk.”
He didn’t want to make an effort on the Boardwalk but they planned to go to Ocean City to park and walk around.
Pat and Bruce Ilgenfritz from Brick Township, Ocean County, also went for a long trip with their dog Stuart on Sunday. They traveled to the dog beach at least five times last season.
“We had a great time last year,” Pat said. “The dogs love it.”
The Ilgenfritz family took the opportunity to stretch the combined eight legs before continuing their afternoon journey. They are not sure what the pandemic means for the coming season, but hope they will try to visit the dog beach again in the future.
For parks that are open, Park Service asks on Facebook that visitors keep their trip under two hours so others can visit too. Bathroom facilities are closed and picnics are prohibited.
The state also posted on Facebook’s state parks that were raided Saturday, including the Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island, and asked people to consider visiting other areas on Sunday in an effort to spread the crowd.
Large crowds were also reported Saturday in the Batsto Village parking area in Wharton State Forest, Burlington District, forcing the state to close the parking lot.
ATLANTIC COUNTY REPORT 40 NEW CASE, 1 DEATH
Atlantic County reported 40 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total to 1,099 people.
The death of a 97-year-old woman in a long-term care facility Absecon means 49 have died due to problems related to COVID-19 in the county and 198 have been declared clean.
New cases consisted of 24 men, ages 33-98 and 16 women, ages 24-92.
They are spread between Northfield (13), Galloway Township (9), Atlantic City (5), Pleasantville (4), Hammonton (4), Egg Harbor Township (2), Absecon (1), Corbin City (1) and Hamilton Township (1).
Drive-thru testing will resume Monday for those who have an appointment on the Hamilton Mall testing site. Individuals whose tests were canceled on April 30 because of high winds can be tested Monday at the same time as the original appointment.
Appointments are available for symptomatic local residents with recipes from 10am to 1pm. every day and can be done online at aclink.org.
Also Sunday, the Cape May District Health Department enrolled 11 new positive patients with a total of 361 cases with 23 deaths and 155 recovering. No new deaths have been reported by county Sunday.
The New Jersey Department of Health said Sunday 126,744 people had tested positive for COVID-19 across the state and 7,871 people had died.
The state said, Atlantic County has 26 new cases with a total of 1,075 and 49 deaths. Cape May County is indicated by seven new cases with a total of 344 and 24 deaths.
The state said Cumberland County had 73 new cases with a total of 881 and 17 deaths. Ocean County is reported to have 140 new cases for 6,871 total cases with 440 deaths.
County Executive Dennis Levinson wants everyone to pay tribute to public safety employees during the National Penitentiary and Employees week of May 4-10.
“Now, maybe more than ever before, these dedicated individuals deserve our recognition and appreciation because they put themselves at risk by serving at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Levinson said. “Their work is very challenging in the best of circumstances, but the current crisis is increasingly testing them. We are very grateful for their dedication to protect and serve. “