“It is by far one of the most bodies at one time that I’ve experienced in terms of a nursing home.” – Police Chief Eric Danielson
Tip leads police to 17 bodies at a New Jersey nursing home
April 16, 2020
(CNN) A tip of a body in a shed led Andover Police to one of New Jersey’s largest nursing homes Monday evening where they found 17 bodies in the facility’s morgue, one of the responding officers told CNN.
The officers responding to the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II didn’t find a body in the shed, but employees asked them for assistance with the bodies in the morgue.
“The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson, one of the responding officers, told CNN. “The residents were expiring. Why? We’re not sure if it’s from Covid-19 or from other diseases, but we tried our best to ease the burden.”
Nursing homes have been a vulnerable target for the pandemic that has killed more than 30,000 people in the US.
When officers arrived Monday, they found each of the 17 bodies in a body bag with a tag identifying the deceased. The morgue was only intended to hold up to four people … Read more.