17 Bodies Discovered at NJ Nursing Home 'Overwhelmed' by Coronavirus Outbreak: Report

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April 16, 2020 - 4:02 am

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Police said they found 17 bodies piled in a morgue at one of New Jersey's largest nursing homes, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

The morgue at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Sussex County was only designed to hold four bodies, according to a report in the New York Times.

Police said they made the discovery after receiving a request for body bags and then an anonymous tip about bodies being stored in a shed; they said no bodies were found in the shed but 17 were discovered in the small morgue.

“They were just overwhelmed by the amount of people who were expiring,” Eric Danielson, the Andover police chief, told the Times.

There have reportedly been 68 recent deaths at the nursing home; 26 of those people had tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the Times, a total of 76 patients at the nursing home and 41 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

Nursing homes across New Jersey and the Tri-State have been ravaged by the coronavirus. The virus has spread to nearly every nursing home in New Jersey.

“The challenge we’re having with all of these nursing homes, is once it spreads, it’s like a wildfire,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer told the Times.

More than 3,000 people have died from the coronavirus in New Jersey as of Wednesday.

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