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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Demand Changes Amid Rising COVID Deaths in Nursing Homes

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With the COVID death toll at long-term care facilities across the state spiraling out of control, the Legislative District 1 team of Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan released a joint statement calling for leadership changes at the Department of Health:

Sen. Michael Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan called for changes within the Department of Health as COVID deaths in long-term care facilities continue to escalate. (Pixabay)

“We can’t go on like this. The death rate inside facilities exploded in December, and with active outbreaks at more than 400 homes, this month could be an even bigger disaster. The Administration has been unable to protect residents, and the recent revelation that of the virus deaths in New Jersey, at least 7,644 are traced directly to senior facilities is evidence of continuing failures.

“There has been no accountability for the blunders that have cost the lives of residents and staff members in convalescent homes. New Jersey’s failure is a national disgrace, and rightfully so, the public has lost confidence in the department’s capabilities. The time has come for a new strategy and a changing of the guards.

“The state continues to have the worst death rate per 100,000 residents in the nation, despite Murphy’s draconian lockdowns that crippled the economy and bankrupted thousands of businesses. With 230 fatalities per 100K, our numbers are more than double the rates of Florida and Texas.

“New Jersey has become the poster child for pandemic gaffes.”  

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