LONG BRANCH, NJ — More than half of New Jersey’s coronavirus deaths are tied to longterm-care facilities. Here is the state’s data for Long Branch and Eatontown.
Gateway Care Center, Eatontown: 100 cases and 25 deaths among residents, 34 cases among staff
Monmouth Care Center, Long Branch: 45 cases and seven deaths among residents, 17 cases among staff
Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown: 13 cases and one death among residents, eight cases among staff
Around New Jersey, 547 longterm-care facilities have had coronavirus outbreaks, accounting for 22,811 cases and 6,091 deaths among residents, as well as 11,283 cases and 109 deaths among staff.
Sweeping changes are coming to long-term care facilities to repair the deficiencies exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.
Speaking at his Wednesday COVID-19 briefing, Murphy said that the goal is to fix the system in both the short and the long term.
“The sad fact is that eldercare is a national problem and, too often, a national failure. During this crisis we have seen that in state after state, seniors and those who work with them in long-term care facilities made up a disproportionate number of the positive cases and tragically the losses. We are all humbled by that,” Murphy said. Read more: NJ’s Long-Term Care Issues Exacerbated By COVID-19 To Be Fixed
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Overall, Monmouth County officials have reported 547 coronavirus cases in Long Branch and 281 cases in Eatontown as of 2 p.m. Friday. Officials haven’t specified how many people have died from the virus in each town. State officials have reported 630 overall deaths in Monmouth County.
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