NORTH CAPE MAY -- Victoria Manor in Lower Township, announced April 7 that an 86-year-old male resident, with significant underlying health conditions, who was recently hospitalized died of COVID-19.
In a release, the county said the health department confirmed that 15 residents and 12 staff members at the North Cape May long-term care facility also tested positive.
“We are deeply saddened today to learn that a fellow Cape May County resident died from COVID-19,” stated Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton. “Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and loved ones during their time of mourning. The County remains vigilant in our efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and will continue to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable populations.”
“A death in Cape May County shows the gravity of the situation,” Freeholder Jeff Pierson said in the release. “It’s critically important for us all to take actions that will help protect our most vulnerable citizens. By working together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure the health care system will be able to care for those who need it most.”
Genesis HealthCare, which operates Victoria Manor and other nursing homes and senior living facilities across the South Jersey and Delaware area, has been working closely with the Cape May County Department of Health and New Jersey State Health Department to contain the spread of this disease by strictly following infectious disease guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These guidelines include both isolation and quarantine protocols.
“When a nursing home facility has an outbreak, regardless if it is flu, norovirus or COVID-19, Cape May County Health Department immediately begins the investigation process to follow the communicable disease exposure of others, and will instruct the facility administrators to monitor or isolate those individuals until they are no longer contagious,” Health Officer Kevin Thomas stated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across nations and has destabilize the global economy, killing more than 79,000 people around the world.
There are at least 50,558 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the New Jersey and 1,232 deaths. Currently, Cape May County has 100 positive cases and two deaths.
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