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    All 94 residents of New Jersey nursing home presumed positive for coronavirus

    By William Westhoven / Morristown Daily Record
    Posted at 9:31 AM

    WOODBRIDGE, N.J. – The entire resident population of a New Jersey nursing home is being transferred to a similar facility nearby after an outbreak of coronavirus among residents and staff, CareOne and New Jersey Department of Health officials said Wednesday.

    The transfer operation was requested by state health officials after assessing the status of St. Joseph’s Senior Nursing Home in Woodbridge, 20 miles south of Newark, where 24 of the 94 patients tested positive for COVID-19. The virus also spread to their caregivers, CareOne executives said, leaving the St. Joseph’s facility severely short-staffed.

    In addition to the 24 confirmed cases, all 70 of the other St. Joseph’s residents are now presumptive positive, officials said.

    CareOne and St. Joseph’s had no prior relationship but “immediately began working with the state and local officials,” CareOne Executive Vice President Lizzy Straus said. “The state determined it was in the best interest of both the COVID-19-positive residents and those not impacted by the virus, to transfer all patients to another facility.”

    New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Wednesday: “Unfortunately, we’ve been monitoring the organization since Friday evening, and we are working with the sisters that own (the facility) and take care of the residents for an orderly transition.....


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    Entire senior home in New Jersey, 94 people, presumed to have coronavirus

    St. Joseph’s Senior Nursing Home in Woodbridge already has 24 people who tested positive, with 70 more expected to also test positive.
    / Updated March 25, 2020, 8:15 PM EDT
    By David K. Li
    An entire New Jersey nursing home is presumed to be infected with coronavirus, forcing everyone from the facility to be evacuated on Wednesday, officials said.

    At least 24 of 94 residents and patients of St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge, about 20 miles south of Newark, have tested positive for coronavirus and the other 70 clients are also believed to have the virus, authorities said.

    The first positive came back on March 17 and at least one positive test has come back "everyday thereafter," said John Hagerty, a spokesman for the city of Woodbridge.

    While not every patient has been tested, and not all results have returned yet, officials said they had no choice but to assume the worst.

    "This is the presumption," Hagerty told NBC News. "That all have been exposed and would be positive."

    And several workers at St. Joseph's, including a nun, also tested positive, leaving staffing shortages that forced Wednesday's move, according to CareOne, which runs a chain of senior facilities in New Jersey...