Coronavirus Hits New Jersey Nursing Home That Had Already Restricted Visitation – Philadelphia Inquirer


Three residents and two employees at a New Jersey nursing home tested positive for the coronavirus last week even though the facility had already suspended visitation for residents, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Stacey Burling and Pranshu Verma.

The Laurel Brook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Mount Laurel, NJ is continuing to ask family members to connect with their loved ones instead through telephone and video calls, email, and texting.

David A. Nace, a University of Pittsburgh physician, said these skilled nursing facilities are doing their best to keep out the virus, but that it is inevitable that COVID-19 will get into more facilities.

“It’s unfortunate that, once it comes in, it will spread,” said Nace who adds that even well-run nursing homes are at risk for significant outbreaks because “you have a very vulnerable population in close contact.”

John Dalli, a partner at the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP says it’s only natural to want to visit your loved ones in nursing homes during these times of extreme disruption and stress.

“But you want to practice social distancing to the extreme here because you could unknowingly bring in COVID-19 as well as viruses like the flu which continue to impact people too. Be sure to follow the CDC for the latest guidelines on managing the coronavirus.”

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