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Somerset County nursing home facility barred from admitting new patients

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday to prevent Somerset Woods from admitting new patients.

News 12 Staff

Nov 4, 2020, 2:31 AM

Updated 1,321 days ago

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A nursing home facility in Somerset County has been barred by the state from admitting new patients.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday to prevent Somerset Woods from admitting new patients. This comes after the state reported that more than 75% of the facility’s 100-plus patients were diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 13 patients have died from the virus since May.
The New Jersey Department of Health said in part, "the Commissioner of the Department of Health hereby orders the curtailment of all admissions to the facility... The facility shall be prohibited from accepting new admissions until further notice."
The administrator of the facility said last Friday that there were no new COVID-19 cases among the facility’s residents and staff in that week.
Administrator Steven Schwimmer said in a statement on the facility’s website, "We continue to follow our guidelines in isolating any resident that develops symptoms for COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus. We remain vigilant in fighting and isolating the Virus to the best of our abilities."
Under Murphy’s order, the facility must now hire two full-time employees designated to the outbreak -a long-term care administrator and an infectious disease professional.
The facility is now required to submit weekly reports every Friday to the Department of Health.
News 12 New Jersey reached out to Somerset Woods for comment but did not year back.


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