MONTCLAIR, NJ - A Montclair nursing home administrator, who tested positive for the coronavirus, has died on March 19, according to the association for health care management.
John Cofrancesco, 52, was the administrator at the long-term care facility, Family of Caring (formerly Van Dyk Health Care) in Montclair. He lived in Bergenfield.
On March 13, an 82-year-old patient at the same facility was taken to Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside hospital with symptoms. She succumbed on March 18. She had been infected after a visitor brought the virus into the facility on March 7, a spokesperson for the facility announced. After staff observed that the visitor was coughing, the person was asked to leave.
After the resident's positive reading, the nursing home then received test kits from a private lab to swab any residents showing symptoms. The visitor later also tested positive for COVID-19, according to the facility’s spokesperson Jonathon Mechaly.
Cofrancesco died Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, the American College of Health Care Administrators said in an online post about its former member.
Though another death occurred on March 19, neither Montclair Health officials nor Family Caring staff had not commented if the death was COVID-19-related. However, after the publication of this article, the family of the resident confirmed that test results confirm it to be complications from COVID-19.
It is not yet known whether any of the other residents or staff of the Montclair facility have been affected.
Prior to coming to Family of Care two years ago, Cofrancesco had been the administrator at the West Caldwell Care Center for 21 years.
“We grieve with our colleagues in NJ for the loss of one of our own. Thank you for your service to the profession of Long Term Care Administration,” the statement reads.
According to his obituary, Cofrancesco was born in Paterson and raised in Elmwood Park and leaves behind a wife, son and step-son to mourn his loss.
A meal train for Cofrancesco's family was set up by community members.
An organizer wrote, "Due to COVID-19 situations the remaining family is not going out of the house to avoid spreading the virus. This will put a strain on our households supplies. Any help is greatly appreciated through these tough times. The fact that this service was even set up by the other families means so much."
As of Wednesday, there were 3675 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide and 44 deaths, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The article has been updated to reflect that the resident who passed on March 19 had positive COVID-19 results.