Friday, April 17, 2020

Bodies piled up in US nursing home


Piled-up bodies in nursing home ‘makeshift morgue’ sparks probe in New Jersey

Ambulance crews park outside Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey yesterday

AP pic

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey’s governor on Thursday ordered a probe into long-term care facilities after a “makeshift morgue” was found at a nursing home devastated by the novel coronavirus, raising questions about the death toll at homes for the elderly.

Phil Murphy said he asked his attorney general to launch the wide-ranging investigation after becoming “outraged that bodies of the dead were allowed to pile up” in a room at a nursing home in Andover, a town in the northern part of the state.

Governor New Jersey Phil Murphy

The probe comes as officials across the US grapple with mounting deaths at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, where the virus can spread like wildfire and has proven especially deadly given the age of the residents, who are often living close together and cared for by the same staff.

“You have people who by definition are medically fragile and at risk and you add to that this terrible virus,” said Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, the New Jersey state ombudsman for long-term care facilities.

“It’s hitting crisis proportions now.”

The incident that sparked the investigation occurred at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II, where several bodies were found in a makeshift morgue at the facility.

A total of 66 residents of the nursing home have died, half of whom were confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to a spokeswoman for New Jersey’s health department.

“The backup and after hours holiday weekend issues, plus more than average deaths, contributed to the presence of more deceased than normal in the facility holding room,” facility co-owner Chaim Sheinbaum said in a statement provided by the Andover police department.

“The staff was overwhelmed by the number of bodies,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told reporters, adding that his officers helped move 13 bodies to a refrigerated trailer at another medical site.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said on Thursday his office was investigating the high number of deaths at certain nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the state following a cluster of fatalities at the Andover facility.

 Attorney General New Jersey Gurbir Grewal

New Jersey is not alone. More than 21,000 residents and staff at long-term care facilities have contracted Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, and some 3,800 have died, according to a tally by the New York Times.

In Florida, officials have been scrambling to stop the pandemic’s spread through the state’s massive elderly population while also clamping down on details about its effect on the huge network of retirement homes.

As of Thursday morning there were 1,394 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among patients and staff at the state’s nearly 4,000 elder care facilities.

Florida, along with California and Texas, has the highest number of residents who are over the age of 65 and most at-risk from the virus.

DeSantis earlier this week called in the Florida National Guard to form so-called strike teams to conduct spot coronavirus tests. The teams so far found at least one resident or staff member test positive at 93 facilities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that nursing homes were “ground zero” in the fight against the virus, with nursing homes accounting for 29 of the day’s 606 newly reported deaths in the state.

Governor West Virginia Jim Justice 

At a daily briefing on Thursday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said the national guard and health officials had been sent to investigate a problem at a long-term facility in Jackson County in the western part of the state. He did not provide details but said the incident troubled him.

“These are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable,” Justice said.

“I’m going to get to the bottom of this.”


  1. Replies
    1. u use coconut or pineapple?

    2. Ooop… in Formosa, they use tons & tons of pineapple!

      But for a confirmed bananas, u r two minded about using coconut.

      What a confused f*ckhead!

  2. Good or bad news, the US government carries out its business in the open.

    Unlike the CCP which hoodwinked everyone at every turn on the CCP Virus.

    1. Mfer, if yr uncle Sam really carries out it's business in the OPEN, this US pandemic is a non issue now.

      Shoot from the mouth is so easy.

      Otherwise, u r just trying yr farts to hoodwink everyone at every turn on yr 'CCP virus'.

    2. For someone who hold the highest office, Orange Buffoon's tax returns are still not public ! Every president and major candidate for the White House has released their tax returns since the early 1970s.

      The only thing "open" about this Buffoon is his loud mouth...non-stop petty and vicious attacks on all and sundry, women and young girls not excluded ( remember how he dissed teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg when he was overcome by sheer jealousy when the young lass, who was named Time's Person of the Year 2019, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize ).

    3. Anyone who even dares raise the issue of CCP Emperor Winnie The Pooh's true Income will be very unlikely to be seen free in public ever again.

    4. Many knows how much Xi earned as the president of China.

      Many questioning that numbers too in weibo, qq, youku etc etc. Nobody has yet disappeared!

      Ooop… in yr demoNcratic press, they have managed to turn Winnie into a monster who makes people not to be seen free in public ever again!

      Yr pommie mates will feel aggrieved & act incessantly urgly next time they meet u. Just watch out for a possible body reconfiguration, foc of them lah.