15 residents and 11 staff members of a Cape May county nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Cape May County Health Department says the "outbreak" has occurred at Victoria Manor, 3809 Bayshore Road, in North Cape May.

A news release says no deaths have been reported in connection with the virus.

"Public Health has been preparing for the possibility of outbreaks happening in skilled nursing facilities and other congregate care settings, and we have provided clear guidance for facilities in responding and controlling the spread of illness," said Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing, Mary Tighe. "We in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health are working closely with the facilities now to protect residents and staff."

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The Health Department reports that Victoria Manor is a skilled nursing facility with 120 beds.

CMCHD began investigating immediately upon notification of ill staff and residents within the facility. Ill staff and residents began being tested, with some coming back positive. In response to these positive tests, the CMCDH assisted in delivering 400 surgical masks and 200 gowns.

Staff and residents who do not have serious symptoms are monitored, medically isolated but not hospitalized. The facility continues to follow all Center of Disease guidelines for disease outbreaks in long-term health care facilities including deep cleaning on a regular basis.

SOURCE: Cape May County Health Department