Nearly 40% of New Jersey’s Covid-19 Deaths Were at Nursing Homes
Nearly 40% of coronavirus-related fatalities in New Jersey have taken place at nursing homes, according to data newly disclosed by state officials.
Outbreaks have been reported at 394 of the state’s 503 long-term care facilities, which include nursing, assisted-living and dementia-care homes. Those facilities have recorded 9,094 cases and 1,530 deaths, the data show. New Jersey has reported a total of 3,840 deaths statewide.
Health department officials added data on long-term care cases to the state Covid-19 website after reports of several bodies found stacked in a makeshift morgue at a long-term care facility in Andover, in Sussex County. A new county-by-county breakdown of nursing-home cases and deaths shows the most cases, 1,831, in Bergen County, and that four of 21 counties have about half the cases — Bergen, Morris, Essex and Middlesex.
The Andover facility is the state’s largest of its kind, with 420 residents at last count, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said on Thursday. On April 11, the health department got a report that multiple bodies were on site, she said. Officials sent a team at 2 a.m. on April 12, and over 24 hours, 17 bodies were recovered. In all, Andover has had 19 Covid-19 deaths. At least 100 others, and 48 staff, also have the virus, she said.
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