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New Jersey State Ombudsman, Laurie Brewer, Talks to the Washington Post About Rising COVID-19 Cases in Nursing Homes

April 29, 2020

The Washington Post stated that the number of nursing homes publicly reporting cases of COVID-19 has doubled in the past week, with more than 1 in 6 facilities nationwide now acknowledging infections among residents or staff. “People who work in nursing homes didn’t have the proper equipment and there wasn’t widespread testing,” said Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, New Jersey State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. “Without those two critical components, you cannot avoid such a devastating outcome.” The Post is updating a searchable database of Medicare-certified nursing homes that have at least one reported case of the coronavirus among patients or staff, using state lists and media accounts of local outbreaks. The count is incomplete.

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