NJ Nursing Home Residents Moved After Cluster Of COVID-19 Cases Forms At Facility

WCBS 880 Newsroom
March 25, 2020 - 8:04 pm

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Dozens of residents from St. John’s nursing home in Woodbridge were moved Wednesday to a CareOne facility in Whippany after a cluster of COVID-19 cases formed at the location.

Mayor John McCormac told WCBS 880 that the Woodbridge facility had been being monitored since Friday after a number of residents tested positive for the virus.

On Wednesday, health officials confirmed about a dozen employees were also sickened and the facility was struggled to care for those still living there.

“There were 79 people transported. There were six medical buses escorted by state troopers and then a couple of our township senior buses were dispatches to help bring some staff up,” McCormac said.

He adds that the residents were usually together in groups, and the state decided to close to facility out of an abundance of caution.

“They go to mass every day, they’re in close proximity to each other, I don’t know if they practiced social distancing or what happened; but it just caught up to them,” the mayor said.

When Woodbridge first began reporting cases around March 13, the mayor said there were 11 cases in the area with six from St. Joseph’s nursing home.

He notes as the pandemic worsened, nurses and staff members began calling out and CareOne was called in to help – resulting in the state closing the nursing home on Tuesday.

Mayor McCormac says the residents were transported to the Whippany facility safely.