At least 24 of 94 residents and patients of St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge, about 20 miles south of Newark, have tested positive for coronavirus and the other 70 clients are also believed to have the virus, authorities said.
The first positive came back on March 17 and at least one positive test has come back “everyday thereafter,” said John Hagerty, a spokesman for the city of Woodbridge.
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While not every patient has been tested, and not all results have returned yet, officials said they had no choice but to assume the worst.
“This is the presumption,” Hagerty told NBC News. “That all have been exposed and would be positive.”
All of the St. Joseph’s patients and residents were being taken to CareOne at Hanover, a senior facility in Whippany, about 30 miles away, on Wednesday.
And to make room for the incoming St. Joseph’s patients, all 61 people at CareOne had to be moved on Tuesday in a plan by developed state health authorities, a CareOne representative said Wednesday.
Thirty were transported to a CareOne facility in Morristown, 20 to Parsippany, 7 to Livingston and one more was hospitalized for a condition not related to the coronavirus, the CareOne rep.
“So (the St. Joseph’s patients) tested positive, so they couldn’t co-mingle” with the CareOne Hanover residents, the company rep said.
“The (CareOne) families were understanding. Certainly it was an inconvenience, but this is a national health emergency.”
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.