Two patients at a Princeton nursing home died from complications of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, adding to a growing list of long-term care facilities in New Jersey that have seen fatalities from the illness.
Four other patients at Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton tested positive for the virus as well, the facility told NJ Advance Media in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the two patients we lost as a result of it and we pray for a positive outcome for the other four patients,” the nursing home said in a statement.
Seniors and those with underlying conditions are most adversely affected by the coronavirus, health officials say. The illness has killed 81 New Jersey residents so far, while at least 6,876 have tested positive for the virus.
Atrium has barred visitors from coming into the facility, stopped activities like communal dining and implemented social distancing techniques among staff and residents to protect its patients. Only disposable products are used for dining as well, the nursing home said.
Staffers’ temperatures are also taken every four hours, or twice per shift.
“We are proud of our dedicated associates who still come in daily to care for our seniors,” Atrium said in a statement.