Care homes within the US state of New Jersey are being investigated due to high numbers of deaths from COVID-19 and accusations they’ve intentionally withheld data from anxious family.

Twenty-nine aged residents have died at one residence within the city of Elizabeth and 40 of the remaining 52 residents are sick with the virus.

At one other residence within the north of the state, 17 our bodies had been discovered squeezed right into a small morgue designed to maintain solely 4.

Police made the invention after receiving an nameless tip-off {that a} physique was being saved in a shed on the grounds.

Distressed family who spoke to Sky News complained they don’t seem to be being informed what’s going on.

“Nobody told us,” one member of the family mentioned.

“I heard it on the news and no one in the office is answering our questions, nobody is giving us any details, nobody is telling us anything.

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“We’re all sitting ducks, waiting to see if someone is going to tell us our family member passed away.”

A nurse in the window of a New Jersey care home
Image: Care homes in New Jersey are seeing a high number of COVID-19 deaths

Viviana Olivero’s grandmother, Dioselina, was a resident of Elizabeth Nursing and Rehab Center. She died in hospital final week after her household pleaded with the house to take her in. She was 78 years previous.

“We believe that she was sick over a week,” Viviana mentioned.

“We had not been notified. We had an employee who let us know. She was not able to breathe, she was having respiratory issues, she was experiencing all the symptoms and for some reason she was not taken to the ER.”

Elizabeth nursing home in New Jersey
Image: Elizabeth Nursing and Rehab Center is in New Jersey

The first affirmation Dioselina’s household had that coronavirus was within the nursing residence was once they acquired a letter after she died.

The native mayor informed Sky News he has requested New Jersey’s governor and state legal professional common to examine the house.

“I ache for those relatives. I hurt for those relatives for the simple reason they get a letter from the nursing home telling them what’s going on,” Mayor Chris Bollwage mentioned.

“That’s not the way the administrator of this nursing home should deal with the families who are dealing with all this anguish.”

Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth, New Jersey
Image: Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth says he ‘aches’ for grieving family

The nursing residence did not reply to our emails however after we phoned them they mentioned: “This is not a unique situation to Elizabeth nursing.

“Unfortunately many nursing homes in New Jersey are beneath the identical scenario and we’re working with the Department for Health and native well being businesses to adjust to the division.

“So right now our main focus is caring for the residents.”