New Jersey Nursing Home Evacuated After All Residents Assumed to Have Coronavirus
Several national news sources, including NBC, reported on Wednesday, March 25, that as many as 94 people, including residents and staff, at a New Jersey nursing home, are believed to test positive for coronavirus.
Already, 24 residents at St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge have tested positive. Another 70 have been tested, and all are presumed to be infected with COVID-19. A spokesman for the City of Woodbridge released a statement that the possible outbreak began earlier this month when the first positive on March 17 triggered the additional confirmed cases each day since. The health emergency prompted an evacuation of all residents who are now in the process of being transferred to several nearby CareOne facilities with open beds. That includes 30 residents to Morristown, 20 to Parsippany, 7 to Livingston. At this time, one resident has been hospitalized. CareOne is a chain of assisted living and nursing homes in New Jersey.
A message on CareOne’s website states that all CareOne facilities have suspended visitation outside of physicians and hospice care.
“…All those who do enter any center will be screened and will have their temperature checked – this includes all of our staff members…Our staff has undergone extensive re-training of enhanced infection control practices and we remain vigilant in monitoring strict adherence to our protocols. We have implemented communication plans within each of our centers to ensure that all family members remain informed about their loved one and in contact with their loved one.”
St. Joseph’s Senior Home is a non-profit Catholic healthcare community operated by the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, which offers 24-hour skilled nursing care. It’s located at 1-3 St. Joseph Terrace in Woodbridge, New Jersey, near Newmark. The facility has now been closed by law enforcement, and will be both sanitized and disinfected.
Nearly 150 U.S. Nursing Homes Reporting Coronavirus Cases
On the same day, the Washington Post reported more than 140 U.S. nursing homes had active coronavirus cases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that visitors and healthcare personnel are the most likely sources of introduction of COVID-19 into a long-term care facility. Nursing homes with residents suspected of having COVID-19 infection should contact local and state health departments.
U.S. Nursing Home Negligence Related to Coronavirus
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