Committee to hold hearing on deadly viral outbreaks at health care facilities

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A Senate committee will hold a public hearing Monday on the deadly viral outbreaks at several health care facilities in New Jersey.

The members of the New Jersey Senate Health Committee will question leadership from the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation - the facility where all of the deaths occurred.  

The hearing will be led by the chair of the committee, Democrat Sen. Joe Vitale. Officials also plan to inquire about how the adenovirus, a respiratory virus, infected 34 vulnerable pediatric patients, ultimately killing 11 children.

The committee will also address an outbreak of a different strain of that virus at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility.  State health officials, so far, have confirmed that 48 children and one staff member at both facilities have contracted the virus.  

The goal for lawmakers Monday is to walk away from the hearing with information about how the outbreaks happened and what the sites are doing to control and prevent it.

The hearing comes months after the viral outbreak came to light and has, so far, claimed the lives of 11 children.

The hearing will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the State House Annex in Trenton.  

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