New Jersey leads the nation in COVID-19 deaths per capita. It also leads the world.
If New Jersey were a country, its death rate of 249 deaths per 100,000 residents would rank it ahead of every nation on Earth.
Paul Mulshine, a Star-Ledger columnist shared those ugly facts in a recent story.
In late March 2020, the CDC made it clear: the virus could spread rapidly through nursing homes. Four days, later the state commanded that the homes take infected patients.
NJ Gov Phil Murphy followed lead of New York Gov. Cuomo. Both banned nursing homes from refusing admission to COVID-positive patients.
The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report warned: ‘very rapid spread, despite early adoption of infection prevention and control measures.’
Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Medicine issued warning against accepting COVID patients into nursing homes. Doing so would ‘put many frail and older adults who reside in nursing homes at risk.‘
New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy prohibited nursing homes from testing patients for COVID-19. That made it impossible for nursing homes to quarantine COVID-positive patients.
You weren’t allowed to refuse them because of their COVID status and you weren’t allowed to test them to determine the status
States like Georgia, played it right. They smartly issued orders prohibiting nursing homes from accepting COVID-positive patients. The data is clear: Georgia has a death rate less than half New Jersey’s.
Five States told Nursing Homes to Accept Covid-infected Patients.
- NJ & Governor Murphy
- NY & Governor Cuomo
- Calif & Governor Newsome
- PA & Governor Wolf
- Michigan & Governor Whitmer
Warnings by CDC ignored? COVID-19 spreads easily in nursing homes, even with precautions.