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Coronavirus Ravages Paramus Veterans Home

New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus
New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus Photo Credit: Google Maps

Of the 34 Paramus Veterans Home residents who died in the last two weeks, coronavirus caused 10 but ruled out for the other 24, a spokesman for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said Thursday.

Twenty-three residents of he home tested positive for coronavirus while 47 are waiting results. There are 17 staff members who tested positive and 20 awaiting results.

Four people died last week at a veterans home in Menlo Park (Edison) last week.

Approximately 150 veterans home residents die each year, averaging 12 per month, state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokesperson Kryn Westhoven said.

The National Guard sent 40 combat medics to the Paramus home and 35 to the home in Edison's Melo Park section to supplement staffing, officials said. Five licensed practical nurses and four registered nurses will also be deployed by April 14.

Veterans homes are included in New Jersey's 375 long-term care facilities, where the spread of coronavirus has been rampant.

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