As part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Cape May County, Health Officer Kevin Thomas is recommending that local campground owners and operators delay the opening of countywide campgrounds until May 11.“In the best interest of the patrons and residents, we are recommending campground owners and operators hold off opening local campgrounds until May 11, as a way to reduce and discourage the number of visitors to the county during this outbreak,” Thomas said in a press release.He continued, “I’m asking them to also advise out-of-state visitors to adhere to the Governor’s executive order and not travel to the shore at this time. Now is the time to remain vigilant by following the recommendations for social distancing and isolation.”The Cape May County Department of Health is working jointly with the Office of Emergency Management and all local partners along with the New Jersey Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents safe.“I want to assure everyone that we are all working diligently to prevent the spread and flatten the curve to protect our residents. With 25 percent of our year-round residents over 65, we are talking about more than 23,000 people that fit within the ‘most vulnerable’ category,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, liaison to the County Health and Human Services Departments.He added, “It is imperative at this time that we make every effort to especially protect our aging population. We all must follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing and stay indoors. This is our individual obligation to stem the spread of this virus.”Due to the seasonal nature of the county’s tourism industry, most of the lodging sector does not open until closer to the middle of May.Businesses that remain open are urged to follow CDC recommendations for sanitizing common areas as well as limit the number of people gathering to 10.“The recommendations that are being made are difficult and will temporarily impact many of us, we ask for your understanding and cooperation for the good of all of our citizens,” Pierson said.Updated information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the county webpage at www.capemaycountynj.gov. Cape May County’s coronavirus precautions include the campgrounds. (Photo courtesy of capemaycountynj.gov)
In Washington this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors met to discuss the issues impacting the soybean industry during the association’s annual spring meeting. Atop the list of discussion items for the spring meeting and the accompanying congressional visits be each of the 26 ASA state and regional affiliates was legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who spoke to the meeting on Monday, which would establish a national framework for the labeling of foods containing biotechnology.The bill, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act (S. 2609) came to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, but lacked the support needed to invoke cloture and move to a final vote.Also on the agenda were the Trans-Pacific Partnership, relations with Cuba, biodiesel, transportation and infrastructure, appropriations and aquaculture, among many others.The meeting also represented the first under ASA’s new Advocacy Team-based structure. The new format, created and implemented as a part of the association’s new strategic plan, enables ASA to be more tactical and focused in its approach to issues by replacing the old system of large, general committees focused on trade issues, public affairs and membership, with smaller and more tailored advocacy teams dedicated to farm programs, biodiesel, transportation and the other issues on which ASA works.The March meeting is one of three annual meetings of the ASA Board. The board will next meet in mid-July in Washington.