New Jersey deploys National Guard to nursing homes as COVID surges

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said On Thursday that the National Guard will deploy to long-term care facilities across the state to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak and staffing shortages due to the virus.

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big picture: Nursing homes in New Jersey were devastated during the early stages of the pandemic and experienced the highest number of deaths in the country.

  • Officials at Menlo Park and Paramus Veterans Memorial Homes — two of the state’s deadliest nursing home sites — agreed last month to pay $53 million to the families of 119 veterans who died of COVID-19, according to the Wall Street Journal. reports,
  • The families of those who died claimed that the facilities’ managers were grossly negligent in containing the pandemic, according to the Journal.
  • The settlement amount is approximately $445,000 per family.

Running news: “This deployment will send members of our National Guard to long-term care facilities with staffing needs and work to protect the health and safety of long-term care residents,” Murphy said in a statement. ,

  • About 150 members of the New Jersey National Guard will support more than a dozen long-term care facilities, where they will assist with, among other things, administrative and logistical support.
  • Guard members are expected to begin at their assigned locations on January 10, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
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