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Senator Michael Testa Senator Michael Testa (R-1)
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May 11, 2020
Testa Demands NJDOH Take Responsibility for Nearly 5,000 COVID-19 Nursing Homes Deaths

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Following reports that New Jersey health officials were warned not to put COVID-19 positive patients back into long term healthcare facilities, Senator Michael Testa, Jr (R-1) spoke out in against the Murphy Administration’s harmful practices that cost the Garden State nearly 5,000 lives.

The following remarks have been issued through Senator Michael Testa’s recent “Minute with Mike” on his Facebook page:

“With a heavy heart, I have watched our state continue to fail to protect our most vulnerable. – Senior citizens. Since day one, Governor Murphy’s administration has failed to safeguard our state’s long term healthcare facilities. At points, placing COVID-19 positive patients BACK with healthy ones.

“In March, a healthcare operator pleaded to the New Jersey Department of Health and I quote ‘patients will die in nursing homes that otherwise would not have died if we’d kept them out by screening everybody. When you do that, you’re putting us all at risk.’

“Now Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal are investigating those same long term healthcare facilities. Governor Murphy… don’t waste your time. The state’s decision to put COVID-19 residents back into nursing homes is one of the most egregious and negligent decisions in our lifetime. The decisions made by you and your Department of health have cost nearly 5,000 New Jersey lives.

“I believe it’s time for the New Jersey Senate and Assembly to investigate Governor Murphy’s handling of COVID-19. Do you agree?”

Senator Testa noted that he has introduced legislation, S-2359, which would protect long term healthcare facilities by requiring the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to administer coronavirus disease 2019 tests to health care workers. S-2359 would also to require that the results of the coronavirus disease 2019 tests be expedited.

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