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Gov. Phil Murphy greets staff at the Federal Medical Station inside the Atlantic City Convention Center, in April 2020. (Photo: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht).

Murphy deploys National Guard to assist nursing homes

By David Wildstein, January 06 2022 5:50 pm

The New Jersey National Guard will be deployed to boost staffing shortages at long-term care facilities, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday as part of the state’s Joint Task Force COVID Guardian.

The assignment will involve about 150 soldiers and airmen beginning on Monday.

“Time and time again, the New Jersey National Guard has stepped up to the plate throughout this pandemic,” Murphy said.  “This deployment will send members of our National Guard to long-term care facilities with staffing needs and will act to protect the health and safety of long-term-care residents while the Omicron variant surges throughout the nation”

National Guard members are currently undergoing training.

According to the governor’s office, the National Guard will “assist residents with getting from bed to chair, walking … dressing and daily hygiene activities, meal set-up and feeding, routine assistance, testing and screening staff, residents, and visitors.”

“Throughout this pandemic, protecting our most vulnerable residents has been paramount. As we have seen in the community, COVID-19 cases and outbreaks have been rising for several weeks in our long-term care facilities,” said state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.  “We continue to work closely with long-term care facilities throughout the state to ensure that they have the staff they need.”

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