WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An entire nursing home in Woodbridge, New Jersey with 94 residents is speculated to have the novel coronavirus disease.
- This caused everyone in the home to transfer to another facility in Whippany on Wednesday.
- Because of the move, the residents at the Whippany facility needed to be transferred to other homes as well.
An entire nursing home in New Jersey named St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge, including the home’s other 70 clients, is now believed to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
This lead everyone in the home to transfer to CareOne Hanover in Whippany, which is around 30 miles away, on Wednesday, March 23.
As of the last testing, not less than 24 out of the 94 residents and patients have tested positive for the virus.
According to a spokesman for the city of Woodbridge, John Hagerty, the first result that came back positive was on March 17, and at least one positive has come back “every day thereafter.”
Officials said that although there are still other patients who have not been tested, and some tests have not returned yet, they had to assume that everyone is infected.
In an interview with NBC News, Hagerty said that “this is the presumption. That all have been exposed and would be positive.”
A CareOne representative said on Wednesday that to accommodate the patients from St. Joseph’s, all 61 residents at CareOne Hanover had to be transferred as well, on Tuesday.
Thirty people moved to CareOne Morristown, 20 to their facility in Parsippany, and 7 was brought to Livingstone. While one resident was hospitalized for a non-COVID-19 related condition.
“So [the St. Joseph’s patients] tested positive, so they couldn’t co-mingle [with the CareOne Hanover residents]”, the CareOne representative added. “The [CareOne] families were understanding. Certainly, it was an inconvenience, but this is a national health emergency.”
Meanwhile, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac announces that official news about COVID-19 cases in town can be found in some food stores, restaurants, pharmacies, and on www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.