New Jersey’s response to the coronavirus inside nursing homes was “an unmitigated failure” that led to “preventable deaths,” a group of anonymous state health department employees charged in a letter to lawmakers Monday. Moreover, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration “is making things up as they proceed” in order to reopen the economy, the writers also allege.
“We beg for your help. We come with training, experience, and a motivation only to help the residents of this state whether the crisis. But we have found a Commissioner, and an administration, that seems to care more about prevailing in their own childish war gaming than they do about protecting the public’s health. We need and deserve better in New Jersey," the letter said.
Repeat: 12% of *everyone* who was in a nursing home in the state of New Jersey is now DEAD. https://t.co/tmfNEpuGeM— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) June 18, 2020
This is stunning. In New Jersey, 12 percent of nursing home residents died of Covid. https://t.co/93lTvM8NqU— Ari Schulman (@AriSchulman) June 18, 2020
Why would 5 governors put Covid infected patients into nursing homes? Scathing letter from health department insiders says N.J.'s pandemic failures led to ‘preventable deaths', Nearly half of all Covid nursing home deaths were from 5 states: NY,PA,MI,NJ,CAhttps://t.co/x4Bi5hMQ17 pic.twitter.com/YdKOpOtGLr— BlueSky⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@QBlueSkyQ) June 25, 2020
Make no mistake: The high nursing home death rate in states like New York, New Jersey, and Michigan could've been avoided if their Democrat governors hadn't completely ignored health protocols.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 11, 2020
They should be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/PnCQEQKUHe
Read the letter in its entirety below.