The New Jersey Attorney General's Office reported Thursday that it has launched an investigation into the recent deaths of the elderly at a nursing home in the town of Andover, where bodies have been found piled up during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I can confirm that the Prosecutor's Office is investigating the matter," Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement, noting that they will not issue any further statements in this regard unless action is taken or until that process is completed. .
An anonymous call last Monday took the police to a macabre discovery of 17 bodies huddled in a morgue with a capacity for four bodies, which increases the number of deaths in the "Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center", made up of two buildings, a 68 people, of which it has been confirmed that 26 were victims of the pandemic.
In addition, 76 more patients and 41 staff members at the center, which has 700 beds, have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The Prosecutor's announcement comes after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy reported Thursday in his daily press conference on COVID-19 that he had ordered an investigation into what had happened and that a review of all would also be carried out. nursing homes.
Murphy said he was "outraged" to learn of the deaths and said that residents of these care facilities deserve to be treated "with respect, compassion and dignity," the NJ.com newspaper notes.
The governor also indicated that the Health Department will apply "critical security measures and protocols" at the Andover facilities and that it has sent a team to help the center's staff and residents.
The director of the New Jersey Department of Health, Judy Persichilli, has also indicated that federal health insurance Medicare for retirees and disabled, and Medicaid, for people with limited resources that works with federal and state funds, sent inspectors to make a extensive research of the residence, the largest in the state.
The number of deceased in US nursing homes it already amounts to 5,670, according to data from the federal government.