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8 coronavirus deaths at White Twp. senior living home

WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Eight residents of The Chelsea at Brookfield in White Township have died from COVID-19, according to Chelsea Senior Living spokesperson Tom Kranz.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our residents and are doing everything possible to protect our residents and staff from this awful disease,” Kranz said.

Eleven other residents who have tested positive are being cared for in the residence by the facilities medical director. Some of the seven staff members who tested positive have returned to work, Kranz said.

“All personnel at The Chelsea at Brookfield have the personal protective equipment they need including masks, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer. Employees are screened before each shift. Those who don’t feel well are sent home. Depending on the orders from their doctors, they may or may not be tested for COVID-19. No employee who is sick can return to work without being certified by his/her physician,” Kranz said.

“Our policy has always been to isolate any resident with symptoms of infectious disease like the flu, followed by a building-wide quarantine if multiple patients get sick. This policy is in place at The Chelsea at Brookfield,” Kranz said.

There has been a strict no-visitation policy in effect since March 12, so communication with families is done through text, email, telephone and video venues. The residents no longer take their meals in a communal dining room, instead have their meals delivered to their apartments, Kranz said.

“Our resident families have expressed overwhelming support for our efforts in all these areas, Kranz said.

The New Jersey Department of Health is constantly updated on the conditions of their residents and staff, Kranz said.

As of April 8, there have been 302 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County and 18 of them have recovered, according to the Warren County Health Department.

Anthony Preziosi contributed to this report.

Jay Edwards

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