There have been 68 recent deaths of residents and nurses at New Jersey's largest nursing home. After receiving an anonymous tip, police discovered 17 bodies outside the facility piled in a morgue.
Original article written by Tracey Tully
Image taken by Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times
Updated April 17, 2020
In New Jersey’s largest nursing facility, Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II, 68 residents and staff have recently died. Out of the total count of 66 residents and 2 nurses, 26 people were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, while the cause of death for the others remains unknown. After police received an anonymous tip, they discovered 17 bodies outside the facility piled in a morgue intended for four people. Many more patients and staff within the facility remain infected with COVID-19 as Andover Subacute continues to struggle with containing the virus. Due to a lack of personal protective gear, staff shortages, and thousands of elderly residents living in close proximity, nursing homes in the New York area have been ravaged by COVID-19’s deadly toll. Staff members at Andover Subacute have reached out to federal representatives seeking help, and the Department of Health recently shipped out personal protective equipment shipments to the nursing home. Outrage over the dead piled up in the Andover facility has led to an investigation launched by New Jersey governor Phillip D. Murphy, who wants the attorney general to investigate facilities with “a disproportionate number of deaths.”