Six months after the pandemic hit, families with loved ones in nursing homes are still trying to make sense of what went wrong. More than 7,000 residents and staff at the state’s long-term care facilities died from COVID-19 complications.
The Murphy administration is facing lawsuits and federal inquiries, and Wednesday Gov. Phil Murphy signed a four-bill package to address some of the concerns at long-term care facilities. The bills will: create a long-term care emergency operations center during a public health crisis; establish a task force to recommend further reforms; increase minimum wage for direct care staff to $3 above the state’s minimum; and set aside money to cover wage increases and COVID-19 preparedness.
The state Department of Health reported 447 new cases. It’s the second day in a row that number was above 400. The statewide cumulative total is now 197,7922 with 9 new deaths and 16,054 confirmed and probable fatalities.
Editorial note: After this recording, Verona reversed its decision to suspend outdoor activities. All activities will be allowed to resume Thursday morning.