New Jersey deploys National Guard to nursing homes as COVID surges

January 7, 2022

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that the National Guard will deploy to long-term care facilities across the state to assist with COVID-19 outbreaks and staffing shortages due to the virus.

The big picture: New Jersey nursing homes were devastated during the early stages of the pandemic and experienced some of the highest death tolls in the country.

  • Officials at two of the deadliest nursing home sites in the state — Menlo Park and Paramus Veterans Memorial Homes — agreed last month to pay $53 million to families of 119 veterans who died of COVID in facilities, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Families of individuals who died claimed that managers in the facilities acted with gross negligence in fending off the pandemic, per the Journal.
  • The settlement amounts to approximately $445,000 per family.

Read the full story from Axios here.