• A New Jersey nursing home was discovered to have held 17 dead bodies in their facility
  • Authorities are currently investigating what has been happening inside the facility
  • The owner claimed that he was "outraged" with how the departed elderly had been treated

A New Jersey nursing home was discovered to have stored 17 bodies amid the coronavirus pandemic. The gruesome discovery happened as lockdowns are implemented across the U.S. the discovery of the dead bodies has prompted the attorney general to take action and look into what really happened in the facility.

ABC News reported that police knew about the bodies as a request came through for 25 body bags. The bags were to be delivered to Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home located in Andover.Five bodies were already laid out in the facility’s holding area when the authorities came. However, someone tipped off the police about several other bodies being stored in a shed. The police found no body in the shed, but more bodies were in the holding area when they made another round of search.

The 17 bodies were included in the 68 deaths linked with the facility from January 1 to April 15. According to the data from the Sussex County Department of Health, 33 of those who died were due to COVID-19, 2 of them were nurses.

The owner of the nursing home, meanwhile, said that the facility was fully equipped to deal with the situation. According to USA Today, the owner added that they were properly staffed to handle the outbreak.

Since late March, 35 people have died at the facility, particularly the Care I and II homes. Authorities have also discovered that 103 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. An additional 133 have shown signs that they might be infected as well. In total, there are 500 residents in the nursing home, making it the largest in New Jersey.

The owner, Chaim Sheinbaum, said that he was “heartbroken” about the deaths adding that he was “outraged” with how the bodies of the dead were treated. He said that he would rather care for the elderly with respect, dignity and compassion.

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