Health Commissioner Orders Testing of All Residents, Staff throughout State by May 26
TRENTON, NJ — While more than one-half of all coronavirus deaths in New Jersey have been reported at long-term care facilities, the statistics are even more overwhelming in Monmouth County.
Of 466 total lives claimed in the county due to the virus, 342 of those deaths have occurred at 50 long-term care facilities — or nearly 73 percent, according to the latest statistics released by the state Department of Health on May 11.
Statewide, more than 5,000 of some 9,500 total deaths — or nearly 52 percent — are associated with long-term care facilities, which house 90,000 residents.
In addition, Monmouth ranks fifth among all counties in terms of the most deaths at long-term facilities, as well as fifth with the most positive cases — with 1,886.
In total, there are nearly 26,600 COVID-19 cases at 522 of New Jersey’s 635 long-term facilities, which include 375 nursing homes, and 260 assisted living and other adult care facilities.
In response to the deadly outbreak, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on May 12 ordered all long-term care facilities to test staff and residents for the virus by May 26. They also must for retest individuals who tested negative within three to seven days to detect those with newly developed infection.
Click here for Persichilli 's full executive directive.
Last month, the state Office of the Attorney General launched an investigation into the high number of deaths at these facilities, and most recently, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered National Guard troops to assist staff members at facilities hardest hit by the pandemic.
In the Belmar/Lake Como area, six facilities among the top in the county with a cumulative total of 288 positive cases and 46 deaths are:
- Kings Manor Care & Rehabilitation Center in Neptune with 74 positive cases and 22 deaths.
- CareOne at Wall with 116 positive cases and 13 deaths.
- Preferred Care at Wall with 49 positive cases and eight deaths.
- Allegria at Ocean Grove in Neptune with 24 cases and six deaths
- Sunrise Senior Living in Wall with 14 positive cases and six deaths.
- Hackensack Meridian Health Subacute Rehab in Wall with 59 positive cases and three deaths.
Below are listings of all 49 Monmouth County long-term care facilities released on May 11, ranking from low to high in terms of coronavirus-related deaths and corresponding positives cases.
Click here for the latest list of long-term care facilities in New Jersey with COVID-19 outbreaks.
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