The Murphy administration’s new pick to head the state’s veterans services office begins his new assignment with a daunting challenge: a mammoth headcount of veterans living at the state-run Paramus Veterans Memorial Home that have tested positive for COVID-19.
Of the 228 residents of the Paramus facility, 189 have coronavirus, with an additional 14 awaiting the results of their tests. Eighteen residents are currently hospitalized, and 57 U.S. military veterans have already died of complications from COVID-19.
Among the 362 staff members in Paramus, 67 have tested positive and six others are pending the results of their testing. One staff member has died.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Walter Nall was named as acting deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs today after former General Mark Piterski suddenly resigned his post.
A combat veteran, Piterski last week announced an independent bid for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff). He withdrew one day later.