Nursing home communities have been an area of concern throughout the pandemic as high numbers of staff and residents tested positive for the virus across the country. According to a report last month in The New York Times, about 43 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. were connected to nursing home outbreaks.
New Jersey Governor Philip D Murphy has said that once the pandemic is over, the state will conduct a proper investigation into what went wrong although he did appear to be surprised at the high number of deaths.
“Everything and everybody” were in place to take action quickly, Health Department CEO Jim Nelson said. But the two-day delay between testing and getting results hampered the process, especially because many people who were positive showed no symptoms.
Brian Roberts of New Jersey filed the suit in Sussex County Superior Court on Tuesday. The suit names the nursing home, a sister facility called Andover Subacute Rehab Center I and owners Louis Schwartz and Chaim Scheinbaum as defendants, in addition to unnamed staff members and assorted business entities.
Ten of the nursing homes have faced significant fines. The penalties range from $70,000 to $380,000. Forty-five facilities got smaller fines for failing to complete mandatory testing and for not reporting records to the state. Others were ordered to develop a plan to fix the problems.
Of the 1,413 ICU beds in public and private facilities as well as eight jumbo centres, only 125 are vacant; BMC says its infra can handle the caseload. The BMC’s decision last month to bar all 72 private nursing homes—hospitals with fewer than 50 beds— in the city from treating Covid-19 patients appears to have […]
At least 494 people in long-term care facilities have died from the virus since it first struck the area in March. In total, the county reported 2,320 cases in those centers between March and August.
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Houghtaling’s mission is to pressure the government into bailing out members of a business coalition that did not purchase pandemic coverage. This list includes celebrity TV chefs, who have been particularly vocal about the bailout plans despite being more than able to afford the policies themselves. At a time when many on Main Street have […]
When asked earlier in the year why he was raising money for medical staff he told The Guardian: “Our brave nurses and doctors are frontline in this case … this time our army are in doctors’ and nurses’ uniforms and they’re doing a marvellous job.”