Cape May County Cases Climb, Seven Nursing Homes Affected

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Cape May, NJ – In  just a week, total COVID-19 cases in Cape May County broke the 300 mark and now approach 400. There have been 25 deaths as of May 4th. COVID-19 illnesses have struck seven different county nursing homes.

Deaths at Three Facilities

The latest numbers from the state show an uptick in nursing home cases. Out of 25 coronavirus deaths county-wide, 18 of those deaths were at three Cape May County facilities.

North Cape Center – Two Deaths, 19 Cases

The North Cape May nursing home and rehabilitation center reported three Covid-19 cases a week ago. Now the NJ Health Department says that number’s jumped to 19.  Two people at the center on Townbank Road in Lower Township have died. The center is run by Genesis HealthCare.

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Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oceanview – Two Deaths, 34 Cases

Coronavirus infections shot up to 34 this week at the Autumn Lake Healthcare nursing home and assisted living center in Dennis Township. The State Heath Department now reports two COVID-19 deaths at the facility on route nine just south of Seaville.

Victoria Manor Nursing Home – 14 Deaths, 54 cases

The Victoria Manor nursing home and rehab center reports no change from last week. Genesis Healthcare says a total of 54 people – 30 residents and 24 staff – have tested positive for COVID-19 at the center. Fourteen residents have died. The nursing home is set on a wooded tract in Lower Township not far from the Cape May Canal.

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Woodbine Development Center – 39 Cases

This state -run center for men with developmental disabilities now reports 39 COVID-19 cases but no deaths. The center, with 280 residents, occupies a sprawling campus in the town of Woodbine, in the northern part of Cape May County. The state expects to test all residents and staff there with a new COVID-19 saliva test developed by Rutgers University.

Other Facilities

Three other long-term care centers report COVID-19 cases.

The Shores at Wesley Manor Ocean City has four coronavirus cases.
Genesis Court House Center in Cape May Court House reports four cases.
Victoria Commons Assisted Living in Lower Township reports one case.

Testing

Cape May County has no hard stats on how many people in the county have been tested for COVID-19.  A spokesperson says the number is “over 1,000.”  More than 92,000 year-round residents live in the county.

Without adequate testing, medical experts say there’s no way to track the spread of the virus. The problem could be compounded  in Cape May County this summer with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of out-of-town visitors from dozens of different cities and states.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county are now 371.
This is the growth of new cases from March 18 to May 4:

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