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In the wake of COVID-19, loneliness and separation from family and friends became the “new normal” for too many.
Residents at area nursing homes, assisted living residences, dementia care homes, pediatric transitional care homes, and comprehensive personal care homes are receiving visitors, once again, three months after being closed to outsiders as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
Despite many preventative steps taken by long-term care facilities, COVID-19 cases at them account for about half of the total number of active cases and about three-fourths of Cape May County's deaths from the coronavirus.
According to data released by the NJ Department of Health April 22, four long-term care facilities operated by Genesis HealthCare in the county have reported 61 cases of COVID-19 among their staff and residents. Eleven residents have died at these facilities. The Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oceanview facility also reported five COVID-19 cases.