WANAQUE, N.J. — Eight people have died from coronavirus at a New Jersey nursing home, with “many others” infected, according to the town’s mayor.
Wanaque Mayor Daniel Mahler said in a letter that the outbreak at Lakeland Nursing Home in Haskell is believed to have started within the past few days, with either an employee or visitor likely bringing the virus into the facility.
The facility has been placed on lock-down, Mahler said, and patients are being treated on site. There will be no visitors or new patients, he said.
Another area nursing home, that the mayor did not identify, has 10 coronavirus cases, he said. Nobody has died from the virus there.
Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy said there are 16,636 positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey. Thirty-seven people have died over the last 24 hours, he said, bringing the death toll to 198 people.
In his letter, the mayor urged people to stay vigilant, remain home and practice social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19.