New Jersey leads the nation in COVID-19 deaths per capita. It leads the world. If New Jersey were a country, its death rate of 249 deaths per 100,000 residents would rank it ahead of every nation on Earth.
Paul Mulshine, a Star-Ledger columnist shared those ugly facts in a recent story.
In late March 2020, the CDC made it clear: the virus could spread rapidly through nursing homes. Four days, later the state commanded that the homes take infected patients.
Murphy administration followed lead of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Both banning nursing homes from refusing admission to COVID-positive patients.
During this time, the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published an article on the outbreak a month earlier at a nursing home in Washington State. Early data reports indicated “very rapid spread, despite early adoption of infection prevention and control measures.”
A couple days later the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Medicine issued a warning against accepting COVID patients in nursing homes, saying that doing so would “put the many frail and older adults who reside in nursing homes at risk.”
The New Jersey order prohibited nursing homes from testing patients for COVID-19. That made it impossible for homes to quarantine COVID-positive patients.
You weren’t allowed to refuse them because of their COVID status and you weren’t allowed to test them to determine the status
Other states, like Georgia, took the opposite approach and issued orders prohibiting the homes from accepting COVID-positive patients. Georgia has a death rate less than half New Jersey’s.
Will NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney make this a priority? Not unless forced. Especially in an election year.
5 states told nursing homes to accept Covid infected patients.
- NJ Gov Murphy
- NY Gov Cuomo
- Calif Gov Newsome
- PA Gov Wolf
- Michigan Gov Whitmer
Did these 5 Governors make decisions that were politically motivated? Where’s that accurate Covid death count in New Jersey? Murphy administration dragging feet.
Warnings by the CDC: that COVID-19 spreads easily in nursing homes even with precautions.