Six Dead, Dozens Sick At Cape May Area Nursing Home

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North Cape May, NJ – Just hours before Easter Sunday, more sad news from Victoria Manor. Genesis HealthCare says a total of six nursing home residents have now died from COVID-19.

Among the latest deaths – an 80-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman. News of the first COVID-19 death at the nursing home came less than a week ago.

Nursing Home Infections Soar

Total known coronavirus infections at the Genesis facility in North Cape May have shot up to 45. That includes 25 residents and 20 staff members. 

A Genesis spokesperson said Victoria Manor was “adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines and recommended protocols for COVID-19. We continue to follow to the letter the direction of the New Jersey Department of Health in an effort to contain and minimize the spread of the virus.”

The 120-bed facility houses both long-term-care nursing patients as well as short-term rehabilitation patients. Victoria Manor shares a campus with Victoria Commons, an assisted living center. Both facilities have prohibited visitors.

Cape May County COVID-19 Cases hit 145

There are now seven deaths in Cape May County from the virus. Total known coronavirus cases hit 145 Saturday. The biggest increase was in Lower Township, where Victoria Manor is located. The nursing home infections now account for almost a third (31%) of all known cases in the county.

11-April
Avalon 6 Sea Isle City 1
Cape May City 3 Stone Harbor 0
Cape May Point 0 Upper Twp 9
Dennis Twp 5 West Cape May 2
Lower Twp 57 West Wildwood 1
Middle Twp 28 Wildwood 9
North Wildwood 3 Wildwood Crest 7
Ocean City 12 Woodbine 1

 

COVID-19 Curve

Biostatistician Paul Kerlinger says county coronavirus infections continue to rise at a rapid rate. Total cases reported by Cape May County increased by 25% in the last two days and more than doubled in the last week.

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