Coronavirus epidemic kills more than 70 residents at New Jersey veterans’ homes: report

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At least 72 residents of a New Jersey veterans’ home were killed by the coronavirus on Sunday afternoon, state officials said.

Paramus’ New Jersey Veterans Home provides long-term care to military veterans and their families. The virus has decimated the house and 113 of the 211 who still live there have tested positive for the virus. The spike in cases prompted two state officials to call for a federal investigation last month.

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“The whole place is sick now,” said Mitchell Haber, whose 91-year-old army veteran father died at home last month, according to the New York Times.

“What they really should do is shave it and put a park in it,” he added. “It’s like mass shooting. “

More than half of the deaths from COVID-19 in New Jersey are believed to be related to long-term care facilities.

The Paramus facility had 336 beds and 285 occupants last month, according to NorthJersey.com. He suspended admissions of new residents in March to ensure he had enough space to isolate coronavirus patients, said Kryn Westhoven, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – who runs the house and two others in the state.

Relatives said their relatives were regularly brought to sit in the common areas of the establishment, the newspaper reported. Little or no information about the virus was shared until deaths were finally reported, prompting National Guard doctors to be deployed to the home.

“They really did hold everyone’s truth,” said Stephen Mastropietro, whose 91-year-old father Thomas died last month from complications from a coronavirus.

Westhoven said a large part of the population is elderly, with respiratory problems, including lung disease – making them vulnerable to serious illnesses when infected with the virus.

In addition to residents, the virus has also infected almost a quarter of household staff. At least 86 of 361 Paramus facility staff are confirmed to have coronavirus, while 30 test results are expected.

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The state did not require staff in nursing homes to wear masks until March 30.

Robert Little, regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said on the website that Paramus management did not properly provide the appropriate protective equipment for its employees.

“It is a shame these days that an installation like Paramus … [is] not prepared and could not have had everything we needed to protect employees, “said Little. “It’s not that we didn’t fight for these protections. They weren’t there. “

Meanwhile, Westhoven said, “We are doing everything we can to protect staff and residents.” All staff are subjected to temperature controls and must answer questions to screen for symptoms of COVID-19. “

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“We are extremely proud of all of our employees who are fighting to save lives and protect residents from this virus,” he added, according to NorthJersey.com.

The virus has also severely affected other homes of veterans in the state. Of the 190 remaining residents of New Jersey’s Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, 90 are currently infected with the virus. According to nj.gov, at least 55 people at home have died from complications from a coronavirus, while 77 of its 445 staff members have tested positive.

In response to the virus, more than 150 citizen soldiers and airmen have been assigned to Paramus and Menlo Park to assist in the care and safety of their residents.

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New Jersey saw more than 138,754 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 9,256 deaths from the virus early Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

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