The New Jersey Department of Health has released data from all of the long-term care facilities in the state that have one or more COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed cases, as well as COVID-19 related deaths and deaths involving respiratory issues, are included in the data.
State officials received the self-reported data from 425 long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The data only includes residents, not staff members at the facilities.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli reported on Monday that 40% of the state’s 4,377 COVID-19 related deaths in New Jersey have been deaths of residents at long-term care facilities. Of the state’s 4,377 deaths as of Monday, 1,779 were residents at long-term care facilities. There are more than 10,700 cases in long-term care facilities across the state. She said state officials are visiting long-term care facilities to make sure they are in compliance with state and federal guidelines for infection control and staffing. She said that as of Sunday, 21 facilities across the state have been inspected. Facilities with issues will be required to submit corrective action plans to the state.
Persichilli said long-term care facilities forced the state’s hand regarding the release of data.
“Repeatedly we have reinforced their obligation to inform residents, staff and families,” she said. “However. we are still hearing concerns that this is not taking place, so in the full interest of transparency, we are sharing the details.”
Persichilli said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new guidelines that require longterm care facilities to notify residents and their representatives of COVID-19 cases at their facilities. The federal agency is reinforcing requirements in New Jersey for facilities to report communicable diseases to state health departments. The state already had such regulations in place.
According to the data, In Princeton, the Princeton Care Center has 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three residents have died. Acorn Glen has seven confirmed cases.
A review of 43 long-term care facilities in the Princeton region shows that five facilities have had 10 or more COVID-19 related deaths. The top 10:
- The Cranbury Center in Monroe, 19 deaths, 40 confirmed cases
- Atrium Post Acute Care and Rehab of Princeton (in Plainsboro), 13 deaths, 53 confirmed cases
- Park Place Center in South Brunswick, 12 deaths, 51 confirmed cases
- Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington, 12 deaths, 42 confirmed cases
- Willow Creek Rehabilitation in Flemington, 11 deaths and 62 confirmed cases
- Water’s Edge Healthcare in Trenton, 9 deaths and 73 confirmed cases
- Bear Creek Assisted Living in West Windsor, 8 deaths and 37 confirmed cases
- Spring Hills Assisted Living in Franklin, 7 deaths and 29 confirmed cases
- Clover Meadows Healthcare in Lawrence, 6 deaths and 25 confirmed cases
- Hamilton Continuing Care in Hamilton, 6 deaths and 36 confirmed cases
Following is a table listing data for Long-term care facilities in the Princeton region with at least one confirmed COVID-19 case. Deaths listed are deaths as a result of complications from COVID-19 and deaths related to respiratory issues where a COVID-19 test was not done or results are pending. Planet Princeton has received reports from some area residents that a parent living in a long-term care facility had COVID-19 symptoms, was never tested, and then died. In at least three of the cases Planet Princeton knows of in the Princeton area, the long-term care facility has not counted those deaths as COVID-19 related deaths or deaths where there were respiratory issues.[embeddoc url=”https://www.state.nj.us/health/healthfacilities/documents/LTC_Facilities_Outbreaks_List.xlsx” download=”all” viewer=”google”]