An elderly woman has become the sixth resident of the Princeton Care Center to die of COVID-19 complications, the Princeton Health Department announced May 5.
The woman, who is in her 90s, is the 11th Princeton resident to die of the disease since the first death was announced April 2, officials said.
“Princeton extends our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the resident, as well as all who have been affected by this outbreak,” Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser said.
Five men who were residents of the Princeton Care Center on Bunn Drive died of COVID-19 complications during April.
The first resident of the long term care facility to die was a man in his 80s who had underlying health issues and whose death was announced April 8.
The second resident to die was a 94-year-old man whose death was announced April 14. Two men – one in his 80s and one in his 90s – died between April 17 and April 20.
A 98-year-old man died at the long term care facility. His death was announced April 29.
As of May 4, there have been 31 residents and staff at the Princeton Care Center who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
The plan at the Princeton Care Center is to isolate residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who are asymptomatic in a separate wing at the long term care facility, officials said. Staff members who have been in contact with persons who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 are placed in quarantine for 14 days.
The Princeton Care Center is monitoring the vital signs of all residents and staff daily. Spread of the disease by asymptomatic persons has not been ruled out, so the Princeton Health Department is working with the nursing home to have all staff tested for COVID-19, officials said.
In addition to the six residents who have died at the Princeton Care Center, five Princeton residents have died of COVID-19 since April 2. Their ages ranged from 70 to 92 years old.
Two of the Princeton residents lived at the Acorn Glen assisted living facility on Mount Lucas Road, but the others did not live in a long term care facility.
The 11 men and women are among the 133 Princeton residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of May 5, officials said. They are also among the 4,151 residents of long term care facilities to have died of COVID-19 as of May 4, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.