Photo of Veterans Home at Paramus via the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey.
UPDATED 3:03 PM PT — Thursday, April 9, 2020
40 combat medics have been sent to a New Jersey Veterans Affairs home, where a number of residents have reportedly died from COVID-19. According to recent reports, the medics are part of the New Jersey National Guard and will be providing treatment at the veterans home in Paramus.
The home has seen 30 deaths since the beginning of the month, with another six residents hospitalized and another 70 said to be ill. Almost 40 members of the staff have either tested positive for the virus or are awaiting test results.
“As we test individuals, if they come up positive and they’re asymptomatic, we isolate. So, we do have an isolation room here. I think currently we have seven confirmed positive cases here and they’re isolated, they still need to be treated. We use the proper PPE to take care of them.” – Mark Piterski, Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs
State National Guard soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment from Wylie, Texas, place boxes of meals into the trunk of a vehicle as they help distribute food at a North Texas Food Bank mobile pantry distribution location in Irving, Texas, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
At least 10 of the deaths at the home have been blamed on COVID-19. 15 residents of a second veterans home in Menlo Park have also reportedly tested positive, while two have died from the virus.
Overall, tens of thousands of troops have been deployed across the country to assist in the fight against the pandemic.