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Revised Figures Show One In 10 Nursing Home Residents in New Jersey Died from COVID-19

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, More than 100,000 people are now dead in the United States because of a virus no one had heard of before late last year. This microscopic pathogen COVID19 brought life and lives to a halt.
The most important and ignored Coronavirus statistic is that 43% of U.S. deaths are from nursing homes . That means  2.1 million Americans in Long Term Care facilities , representing 0.62% of the U.S. population, account  for 43% of all deaths due to COVID19 . In Ridgewood alone suffered 35  deaths from COVID19 and 28 were in Long Term Care .


On March 23rd ,CDC said ,” COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”

“Nursing home residents are paying dearly for actions taken by the Administration,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio. “New data indicates that since the outbreak, one in 10 residents of senior care facilities have died from COVID-19. The real number may actually be higher, much higher because statistics don’t include long-term patients who died after being transferred to hospitals. Also not included in the numbers are staff members who perished while taking care of residents in these facilities. The health department’s recording practices obscure the loss of life among our seniors, but cannot erase the reality.”

Statewide, almost 12,000 people have died, and long-term care patients may account for as many as 6,000.

Pennacchio said he is hopeful “an immediate real-time investigation by a Senate select committee will provide some answers for the grieving families of the victims.”

Forbes reported that New Jersey was one of three states that “ordered nursing homes to accept patients with active COVID-19 infections who were being discharged from hospitals.”

The problem was acerbated here when the Administration forbid facilities from testing patients for the virus.

“It was a recipe for disaster,” said Pennacchio. “These mistakes sealed the fate of thousands of vulnerable senior citizens who were literally trapped alone in homes where COVID was spreading like wildfire. In an apparent attempt to save bed space in hospital ICU units, nursing homes residents were sacrificed.”

Last week, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced the Senate would launch a “Review and Recovery” committee to investigate the COVID crisis and identify immediate and long-term remedies to the social, governmental and financial problems caused by the pandemic.

Senator Pennacchio has urged the Senate, which is expected to vote on the measure in June, to grant the special committee subpoena powers to summons witnesses and documents.

 

 

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