About 40 members were sent to the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus, which accommodates 285 residents and has reported 10 deaths from the virus. At least 23 residents have tested positive and isolated and 47 others are awaiting test results, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokesman Kryn Westhoven told CNN.
Seventeen staff members in nursing homes were also tested positive and another 20 were waiting for the results, Westhoven said. Members of the state’s National Guard will help increase staffing numbers, he added, following positive diagnoses of workers at the facility. Every staff member now gets a temperature check before their shift to ensure that if they show signs of the corona virus, they immediately quarantine, Westhoven said.
“Our main concern is the occupants in our homes, our veterans, they are a national treasure,” he said. “Most of them have served our country and our country and they deserve the best care.”
This facility is one of three operated by the state military affairs department. The New Jersey National Guards mobilized 35 more members for the second, in Menlo Park, to help staff placement.
Two residents at the second facility have died and 15 people tested positive, Westhoven said. There are a total of 279 residents and no one is waiting for test results.
Another cluster in the San Francisco Bay area
Across the country, two nursing homes in San Francisco Bay also reported that they were experiencing an outbreak.
Six residents at Gateway Care and Rehabilitation died, according to the Alameda District Public Health Department. Thirty other people at the facility have tested positive along with 24 staff members. The house is in the city of Hayward.
At the East Bay Post Acute Health Center in Castro Valley, 17 staff members and 9 residents have tested positive for the corona virus. No deaths were reported at the facility.