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Over 6800 COVID Deaths in New Jersey Nursing Homes Yet The Silence is Deafening

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Paramus NJ, When jetliners full of passengers crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and collapsed them onto crowded Manhattan streets on September 11, 2001, 2,606 people were lost. Other terrorist hijackings the same morning elevated the death toll to 2,996.

When the deadly coronavirus rampaged through New Jersey nursing homes in the spring of 2020, the loss of life eclipsed 6,800.

The contrast is striking, Senator Joe Pennacchio said today.

“The most horrible single event since World War II, the attacks on New York City unified our nation, led to war on the other side of the globe, and resulted in hearings, investigations and convictions,” Pennacchio said.

“Twice as many people – innocent, vulnerable people – were lost to the virus in nursing home rooms, and the reaction from State leaders has been … crickets. Where is the anger? Where is the outrage? Where is the inquisitiveness to get to the bottom of what went wrong and why these senior citizens were left to die, along and isolated?”

Pennacchio and colleagues in the Senate Republican caucus have been calling for the creation of a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to review the State’s response to the pandemic for more than two months.

Senate leaders announced on May 22 that a bipartisan committee would be launched to examine the Administration’s handling of the pandemic, but the initiative stalled.

“Thousands of people died. Could any of them been saved? We can’t allow this to happen again,” said Pennacchio. “The best way to prevent it is through a comprehensive review of everything that went right, and everything that went wrong. It is impossible to improve the state’s readiness without studying and evaluating the real-time performance before and during the virus crisis. Getting to the truth will require the ability for the committee to compel testimony, so subpoena power is necessary component of the review.”

Approximated 61,000 senior citizens reside in the state’s long-term care facilities, and the Administration acknowledges the deaths of 6,824.

“The impact on our most vulnerable adults has been unspeakable. More than one of every 10 nursing home residents died. Shocking. We need to understand how this occurred and what we can do to ensure a repeat never happens,” Pennacchio said.

“Too many sons and daughters lost their parents. Too many children lost their grandparents. Too many people died. How many deaths could have been averted? How many people could have been saved?” the Senator concluded.

One thought on “Over 6800 COVID Deaths in New Jersey Nursing Homes Yet The Silence is Deafening

  1. Is it the case that some New Jerseyans wished to see our population decrease, starting with the old, and that they took advantage of the Coronavirus situation to deliberately create a killing field in our long-term care facilities?

    Decimated: A Roman legion that had a tenth of its men killed in a particular battle was said to have been “decimated,” an indication that the cost in a given conflict in terms of combatant casualties was especially high.

    The elderly in our long-term care facilities were literally decimated during the height of this pandemic. And it is still ongoing.

    Senator Penacchio is right. We should investigate thoroughly. If we find any intentional wrongdoing, we should not refrain from dragging it out into the light. The same goes for grossly negligent decisions or actions that lead to deaths, of course. But the most important result would be to identify and prosecute high-level decisionmakers in government or in the hospital administrator or larger healthcare management community who intentionally targeted our elderly (or who cynically targeted those who suffer from comorbidities such as obesity or diabetes, and due to poverty or for cultural reasons tend to rely on hospital emergency rooms for primary health care treatment) for premature death due to a deranged ideological bent verging on modern-day eugenicism.

    Don’t think we don’t have people among us who would act this way if they had the chance and believed they could get away with it. We absolutely do.

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