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Andover NJ, an anonymous tip led to the New York Times let to the discovery of 17 bodies crowded into a four-person morgue at one of New Jersey’s largest nursing homes. Andover Police found the bodies this week at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II in Sussex County, in northern New Jersey.
The 17 people discovered in the small morgue bring the number of deaths linked to the center up to 68. Twenty-six of those who died tested positive for COVID-19, and two staff members are among the deceased. 76 patients at the home are currently sick with the virus, as are 41 staff members, according to the New York Times.
Given their congregate nature and residents served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. If infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, residents are at increased risk of serious illness.
Statement of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal who may have finally woken up regarding Deaths at Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities in New Jersey
“Like the Governor and so many other New Jerseyans, I am deeply troubled by the high number of deaths at certain nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the State, especially those with below-average track records for health inspections, staffing, and quality of care. I can confirm that the Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the matter, and we will follow the facts wherever they go. As is our standard practice, we will not be providing further updates on the investigation unless and until we bring an enforcement action or close the case.”