New Jersey National Guard to assist hard-hit nursing homes in midst of COVID-19 outbreak 

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Members of the New Jersey National Guard will be deployed to assist nursing homes facing COVID-19 outbreaks as infections spike across the state, the New Jersey Herald reported Jan. 5.

The Pike County Courier reported one of the facilities receiving assistance will be Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center. Formerly known as Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation II,  the facility had 169 residents and 101 staff members test positive, according to state data from Jan. 3. The facility underwent a rebrand Nov. 22 after controversy following the discovery of 17 bodies in a makeshift morgue in April 2020. 

"The staff at these facilities have been particularly hard hit by the latest COVID variant," Anthony Fasano, a member of the Sussex County board of commissioners, told the New Jersey Herald. "We believed it was prudent to get them the help they needed before there was a crisis."

 

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