Eight residents of a nursing home in northern New Jersey have died from COVID-19, and the total number of deaths in the state approaches 200, officials said.
Mayor Michael Mahler said in a letter on the town’s website that the community nurse notified him that the deaths occurred at Lakeland Health Care Center at 25 5th Avenue in Haskell, N.J., and that other residents and staff members also were infected.
Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that the number of positive cases was nearly 17,000, and there were 198 deaths so far, up from 161.
The number of nursing homes with positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb, according to Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. There are positive cases now in 73 of the state’s 375 facilities. Last week the figure was just over a dozen.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.