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NJ nursing-home residents won’t start COVID-19 vaccinations before next week

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Long-term-care facilities covered by federal program scheduled to begin next week at earliest

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

Public health officials have repeatedly underscored the importance of protecting vulnerable nursing-home residents from the potentially deadly impacts of the coronavirus, given that nearly half of New Jersey’s confirmed COVID-19 fatalities involve long-term-care residents or staff.

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They vowed to act as nursing home deaths soared. Instead, N.J. legislators are ignoring the ‘shocking nightmare.’

The death rate from the coronavirus in New Jersey nursing homes is the country’s highest.

Nearly 6,700 nursing home residents have died in the pandemic and the numbers continue to climb as COVID-19 has run rampant in nursing homes.

This month, more than half of the COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents, according to the Department of Health, up from about 40% in the two months since NJ Advance Media published an investigation into the failures and missteps into the state’s response to the deadly pandemic. On Friday, 16 of the 20 deaths reported by the state were nursing home residents… Read the rest of this entry »

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Analysis: Nursing Homes, Other Group Living Settings, Skew NJ’s COVID-19 Rates

More than 17% of positive cases stem from long-term care centers, prisons and state developmental centers

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By Colleen O’Dea, NJSpotlight

New Jersey health officials can’t say who are among the thousands of new positive COVID-19 cases reported daily — health care workers, grocery store clerks or people who violated social-distancing orders — but data shows that group living situations are responsible for significant proportions of cases and deaths to date. An analysis by NJ Spotlight of publicly available data from multiple state agencies found that more than 17% of the nearly 114,000 who have tested positive for the deadly virus since its outbreak in New Jersey March 4 are in such group settings as nursing homes, developmental centers and prisons. More than a third of the 6,442 confirmed deaths to date, or 2,253, are related to these facilities.

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Another Front Opens in Battle Against COVID-19: NJ’s Senior Residences, Nursing Homes

By Sheila Noonan, NJ Spotlight

New Jersey’s battle to blunt the impact of COVID-19 is more complicated now that state officials have traced a half-dozen cases — including three deaths — to people in senior residences, facilities that shelter some of the most vulnerable citizens.

State officials announced the connection to elder-care facilities Thursday during their daily press briefing, which revealed an additional 318 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed overnight and four more deaths. Three of those fatalities involved residents at two nursing homes, in Essex and Hudson counties. (New Jersey now has 742 positive cases in all — ranging in age from three to 95 — nine of whom have died.)

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Posted: March 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Another Front Opens in Battle Against COVID-19: NJ’s Senior Residences, Nursing Homes