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When the subject of nursing homes came up Monday at the state's COVID-19 briefing, Judith Persichilli sounded a bit like the Grinch about to steal Thanksgiving.

But the New Jersey health commissioner's harsh warning to stay away from the elderly who live in long-term-care facilities over the upcoming holidays came from worried state officials who fear the coronavirus' new wave will blast through the facilities as it did in the first wave.


New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli speaking at the state's COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

"The department strongly recommends against families taking residents out of the facilities for holiday celebration or gatherings," Persichilli warned at the briefing. "Individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid gatherings with individuals that they don't live with. Small family gatherings are a significant driver of increasing cases."

Since the pandemic began in New Jersey in March, a reported 6,886 COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents of long-term-care facilities — accounting for 42% of the state's death total. Reflecting the age and frailty of the residents, the death share has been disproportionate: Just 9% of the state's total cases since March have been among those residents.

Active COVID-19 outbreaks continue to grow at long-term-care facilities, the state reported. As of Monday, there were 2,545 cases from active outbreaks in long-term care — with Burlington County leading all with 382 cases.

About half of the- Burlington County cases are at the New Lisbon Developmental Center in Pemberton Township. The state-run facility for developmentally disabled men and women has 463 patients, according to its website.

See site-by-site totals at end of this article.

In the week ended November 15, Camden County reported a record 1,710 cases — up 58% from the week before and 120% from the first wave's peak in the the week ended May 3, according to a 70and73.com analysis of county data. In Burlington County, the week ended November 15 also was a record with 1,169 new cases, up 82% from the previous week and 65% from the first wave peak in the week ended May 3.

» MORE: Visit the Burlington County COVID-19 website.

» MORE: Visit the Camden County COVID-19 website.

"Residents that leave the facilities for family celebrations must be quarantined on their return back," Persichilli said. That quarantine may not be problematic for residents living in private residences or rooms.

But "if the resident has a roommate, the resident should be quarantined in a separate observation room for 14 days. If an observation room is not available in the facility, the facility must notify the rest of the family that the resident will not be permitted back until the room is available," Persichilli said.

If visiting a resident at a facility, make the meeting outside or indoor, if the facility meets the requirements for indoor visits.

"Long-term-care facilities should plan to accommodate increased virtual communications for residents and their loved ones during the holidays," the health commissioner said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week discouraged Thanksgiving planners from inviting those out of the immediate household to dinner or a party. The state announced Monday that gatherings must be limited to 10 or fewer people. 

The City of Philadelphia went a step further on Monday by banning most indoor gatherings. "All indoor gatherings and events involving people from more than one household are prohibited, in public or private spaces," the city said in its announcement of new rules.

COVID-19 Active Outbreaks at NJ Long-Term Care Facilities

The data represent active outbreaks, as of November 16, 2020. Data are available at the state COVID-19 website. Outbreaks are no longer considered active if 28 days have passed without an active case, according to the state.

County Facility Municipality Cases Deaths
Atlantic Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation Galloway 9 0
Atlantic WoodView Estates Hamilton Twp 0 0
Atlantic Complete Care at Linwood Linwood 1 0
Atlantic Eastern Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Atlantic City 0 0
Atlantic The Health Center at Galloway Galloway 4 0
Atlantic Hammonton Center Hammonton 0 0
Atlantic Preferred Care at Absecon Absecon 5 1
Bergen Jewish Home at Rockleigh Rockleigh 3 0
Bergen Family of Caring at Ridgewood Village of Ridgewood 5 0
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Paramus 3 0
Bergen Jewish Home at River Vale Westwood 0 0
Bergen Mill Gardens at Midland Park Midland Park 2 0
Bergen CareOne at Valley Westwood 14 0
Bergen Emerson Health and Rehabilitation Center Emerson Boro 4 0
Bergen Bergen County HealthCare Center Rockleigh 0 0
Bergen Sunrise of Woodcliff Lake Woodcliff Lake 1 0
BErgen HMH Prospect Heights Care Center Hackensack 0 0
Bergen Ridgewood Center Village of Ridgewood 0 0
Bergen Paramus Veterans Memorial Home Paramus 2 0
Bergen Allendale Nursing Home Allendale 0 0
Bergen Atria Waldwick Waldwick 2 0
Bergen CareOne at Ridgewood Paramus 28 0
Bergen Maywood Center Maywood 0 0
Bergen Alaris Health at Rochelle Park Rochelle Park 3 1
Bergen Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehab Center Woodcliff Lake 2 1
Bergen Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center Paramus 53 7
Burlington CareOne at Moorestown Moorestown 2 0
Burlington Medford Leas Medford Twp 1 0
Burlington Granville Place Burlington Twp 0 0
Burlington Medford Convalescent and Nursing Center Medford 0 0
Burlington BRIGHTVIEW MT. LAUREL Mt Laurel 1 0
Burlington Careone at Evesham AL Evesham Twp 1 1
Burlington Careone at Evesham § Evesham Twp 15 1
Burlington Laurel Brook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Mt Laurel 22 2
Burlington Wynwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Cinnaminson Twp 32 3
Burlington Riverview Estates Riverton 23 5
Burlington New Lisbon Developmental Center Pemberton 196 13
Burlington Genesis Healthcare Burlington Woods Burlington Twp 89 18
Camden Voorhees Pediatric Facility Voorhees Twp 4 0
Camden Abigail House Camden 0 0
Camden Lions Gate Continuing Care Retirement Community Voorhees Twp 2 0
Camden Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center Gloucester Twp 0 0
Camden Majestic Center for Rehab and Sub-ACute Care Camden 7 0
Camden Atria Cherry Hill Cherry Hill 3 0
Camden Bentley Senior Living Pennsauken 35 0
Camden Brandywine Living at Voorhees Voorhees Twp 6 0
Camden Spring Oak of Berlin Berlin Twp 5 0
Camden Virtua Health and Rehab at Berlin Berlin Boro 5 0
Camden Atria Voorhees Voorhees Twp 18 1
Camden Riverfront Rehabilitation Health Center Pennsauken 30 1
Camden Allegria at the Fountains Waterford Twp 33 3
Camden Avista Health Care Cherry Hill 12 3
Camden Brookdale Echelon Lakes Voorhees Twp 37 9
Cape_May Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oceanview Dennis Twp 14 0
Cape_May Oceana Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Cape May 2 0
Cape_May Genesis Court House Center Middle Twp 0 0
Cape_May North Cape Center Lower Twp 0 0
Cape_May Woodbine Developmental Center Woodbine 16 1
Cape_May The Shores at Wesley Manor Ocean City 20 2
Cape_May Brookdale Senior Living Cape May 4 3
Cumberland Lincoln Specialty Care Center Vineland 2 0
Cumberland Genesis Healthcare Millville Center § Millville 0 0
Cumberland South Jersey Extended Care Bridgeton 5 0
Cumberland Spring Oak Assisted Living at Vineland Vineland 1 1
Cumberland Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland Vineland 18 3
Cumberland Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Bridgeton 55 6
Cumberland Vineland Developmental Center Vineland 94 7
Essex Complete Care at Summit Ridge West Orange 7 0
Essex Alaris Health at St. Mary's Orange 2 0
Essex Sinai Post-Acute, Nursing & Rehab Center Newark 2 0
Essex Care One at Livingston Livingston 1 0
Essex Daughters of Israel West Orange 4 0
Essex Job Haines Home Bloomfield 5 0
Essex Brookhaven Health Care Center East Orange 1 0
Essex Family of Caring at Montclair § Montclair 1 0
Essex New Vista Newark 3 0
Essex Alaris Health at Cedar Grove Montclair 1 0
Essex Atrium Post-Acute Care of Livingston Livingston 2 0
Essex Hackensack Meridian Health West Caldwell West Caldwell 0 0
Essex Brookdale Senior Living of West Orange West Orange 4 0
Essex Arbor Glen Center Cedar Grove 1 0
Essex Waterview Center - Genesis at Cedar Grove Cedar Grove 1 0
Essex Brandywine Living at Livingston Livingston 2 1
Essex Alaris Health at Essex Irvington 23 2
Gloucester Cedar Grove Respiratory and Nursing Care Center Monroe Twp 0 0
Gloucester ManorCare West Deptford Paulsboro 12 0
Gloucester Fox Trail Assisted Living at Deptford Deptford 7 0
Gloucester Brightview Senior Living Woodbury 2 0
Gloucester Juniper Village at Williamstown Monroe Twp 6 0
Gloucester Deptford Center Deptford 0 0
Gloucester Jefferson Health Care Center Mantua 3 0
Gloucester Summit Place Glassboro 0 0
Gloucester All American Assisted Living at Washington Township Washington Twp 2 1
Gloucester Shady Lane Nursing Home East Greenwich 30 13
Gloucester Advanced Subacute Rehabilitation Center Mantua 67 31
Hudson The Harborage North Bergen 1 0
Hudson Peace Care St. Ann's Jersey City 9 3
Hudson Alaris Health at Hamilton Park Jersey City 120 33
Hunterdon Little Brook Nursing Home Califon 1 0
Hunterdon Independence Manor at Hunterdon Raritan Twp 5 0
Hunterdon Rolling Hills Healthcare Center Lebanon 8 1
Hunterdon Hunterdon Developmental Center Union Twp 136 3
Mercer Homestead at Hamilton Hamilton Twp 2 0
Mercer Atrium Post Acute Care of Hamilton Hamilton Twp 1 0
Mercer Greenwood House Ewing Twp 0 0
Mercer Preferred Care at Mercer Ewing Twp 1 0
Mercer Rose Hill Assisted Living Robbinsville Twp 0 0
Mercer Water's Edge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Trenton 0 0
Mercer Morris Hall/St. Joseph's Nursing Center Lawrence Twp 2 0
Mercer Hamilton Continuing Care Hamilton Twp 0 0
Mercer Bear Creek Assisted Living West Windsor Twp 0 0
Mercer Preferred Care at Hamilton Hamilton Twp 0 0
Mercer St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center Lawrence Twp 0 0
Mercer Royal Health Gate Nursing Trenton 7 1
Mercer Hamilton Grove Hamilton Twp 94 28
Middlesex JFK Hartwyck at Edison Estates Edison 3 0
Middlesex New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home Menlo Park Edison 0 0
Middlesex Alameda Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Perth Amboy 0 0
Middlesex Monroe Village Assisted Living Monroe Twp 3 0
Middlesex Preferred Care at Old Bridge Old Bridge 1 0
Middlesex The Cranbury Center Monroe Twp 1 0
Middlesex Parker at Stonegate Highland Park 3 0
Middlesex Care One at the Highlands Edison 0 0
Middlesex Amboy Care Center Perth Amboy 1 0
Middlesex Roosevelt Care Center at Edison Edison 1 0
Middlesex Parker at Monroe Monroe Twp 0 0
Middlesex Summer Hill Nursing & Rehab Center Old Bridge 1 0
Middlesex The Gardens at Monroe Healthcare & Rehabilitation Monroe Twp 2 0
Middlesex Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton Plainsboro 0 0
Middlesex Park Place Center South Brunswick 3 1
Middlesex Monroe Village (Village Point) REHAB Monroe Twp 52 9
Middlesex Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center Plainsboro 37 9
Monmouth Brandywine Living Reflections at Colts Neck § Colts Neck 1 0
Monmouth Jersey Shore Center Eatontown 3 0
Monmouth Neptune Gardens Nursing & Rehab Neptune Cit 0 0
Monmouth Arnold Walter Nursing & Rehabilitation Center § Hazlet 0 0
Monmouth King Manor Care & Rehabilitation Center Neptune Cit 0 0
Monmouth Applewood Retirement Facility Freehold Twp 0 0
Monmouth The Atrium at Navesink Harbor Red Bank 0 0
Monmouth Preferred Care at Wall Wall Twp 2 0
Monmouth Bayshore Healthcare Center Holmdel 0 0
Monmouth Allaire Rehab & Nursing Freehold Twp 0 0
Monmouth Coral Harbor Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Neptune Cit 4 0
Monmouth Atrium Post Acute Care of Matawan Matawan 4 0
Monmouth Pine Brook Rehabilitation & Care Center Manalapan 0 0
Monmouth Tower Lodge Care Center Wall Twp 0 0
Monmouth Sunrise Assisted Living - Wall Wall Twp 0 0
Monmouth Sunnyside Manor at Wall Wall Twp 0 0
Monmouth Hakensack Meridian Health Nursing & Rehab Red Bank 1 0
Monmouth Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing & Rehab (Manor by the Sea) Neptune Cit 1 0
Monmouth Arbor Terrance of Middletown Middletown 1 0
Monmouth Brandywine Living at The Sycamore Shrewsbury Twp 1 0
Monmouth Hackensack Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitaiton Shrewsbury Boro 0 0
Monmouth Bayside Manor Keansburg 8 5
Monmouth Wedgewood Gardens Freehold Twp 75 16
Monmouth Anchor Care and Rehabilitation Hazlet 63 19
Monmouth Gateway Care Center Eatontown 101 30
Morris The Oaks at Denville Denville 1 0
Morris Brookdale Florham Park Florham Park Boro 8 0
Morris Regency Grande Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center Dover 2 0
Morris Weston Assisted Living Residence Hanover Twp 3 0
Morris The Villa at Florham Park § Pequannock 0 0
Morris Heath Village Washington Twp 0 0
Morris Lincoln Park Care Center Lincoln Park 0 0
Morris Morristown Post-Acute Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Morristown 0 0
Morris Arbor Terrace Morris Plains Morris Plains Boro 0 0
Morris New Jersey Firemen's Home Town of Boonton 3 0
Morris The Chelsea at Montville Montville 1 0
Morris Cedar Crest Senior Living Community Pequannock 26 8
Morris Merry Heart Nursing Home Roxbury Twp 37 14
Morris Cedar Crest - Mountainview Gardens Pequannock 39 15
Ocean Complete Care at Whiting Manchester 10 0
Ocean Lakewood Courtyard Lakewood 11 0
Ocean Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitation ar Brick Brick Twp 0 0
Ocean Children's Specialized Hospital Toms River Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean Magnolia Gardens § Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean Leisure Chateau Rehabilitation Lakewood 5 0
Ocean Shore Meadows Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean Southern Ocean Center Stafford 0 0
Ocean Fountain View Care Center Lakewood 0 0
Ocean Bella Terra Assisted Living Residence Jackson Twp 1 0
Ocean Complete Care at Bey Lea Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean Rose Garden Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean Spring Oak of Toms River Toms River Twp 0 0
Ocean The Terraces at Seacrest Village § Little Egg Harbor Twp 0 0
Ocean Leisure Park Lakewood 1 0
Ocean Crestwood Manor Manchester 0 0
Ocean Crystal Lake Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Berkeley Twp 0 0
Ocean Arbors Care Center Manchester 2 1
Ocean The Pines at Whiting Manchester 11 4
Passaic Chestnut Hill Residence Passaic 0 0
Passaic Brookdale Senior Living of Wayne Wayne 7 0
Passaic Regency Gardens Nursing and Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center Wayne 21 0
Passaic Chestnut Hill Convalescent Center Passaic 1 0
Passaic Complete Care at Fair Lawn Edge Paterson 0 0
Passaic Holland Christian Home North Haledon 6 0
Passaic Llanfair House Care and Rehabilitation Center Wayne 1 0
Passaic Springhills Post Acute Care of Wayne (formerly Atrium Post Acute Care of Wayne) Wayne 2 0
Passaic Phoenix Center for Rehabilitation and Pediatrics (Formerly named Wanaque Center) Wanaque 0 0
Passaic Preakness Healthcare Center Wayne 2 1
Passaic Barnert Subacute Rehabilitation Center Paterson 1 1
Passaic Van Dyk Health Care at Park Place § Hawthorne 0 1
Passaic Daughters of Miriam Clifton 128 48
Salem Golden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Mannington 0 0
Salem Carneys Point Care Center Carneys Point 0 0
Salem Friends Village at Woodstown Woodstown 0 0
Somerset Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System Bernards Twp 7 0
Somerset The Chelsea at Bridgewater Bridgewater 0 0
Somerset Bridgeway Care And Rehabilitation Center At Bridgewater Bridgewater 1 0
Somerset Brandywine Living at Middlebrook Crossing Bridgewater 12 0
Somerset Fellowship Village Senior Living Bernards Twp 1 0
Somerset Regency Jewish Heritage Post Acute Rehab and Nursing Center Franklin Twp 0 0
Somerset Foothill Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Hillsborough 0 0
Somerset Mc Auley Hall Health Center Watchung 0 0
Somerset Green Brook Regional Green Brook Twp 0 0
Somerset The Arbor at Laurel Circle Bridgewater 0 0
Somerset The Avalon at Bridgewater Bridgewater 1 0
Somerset Bridgeway Care And Rehabilitation Center At Hillsborough Hillsborough 22 4
Somerset Stonebridge at Montgomery Montgomery 22 5
Somerset Somerset Woods Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Franklin Twp 85 13
Sussex Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation II Andover Twp 1 0
Sussex Valley View Rehabilitation and Health care Center Newton 1 0
Sussex Andover Subacute and Rehab Center I Byram 0 0
Sussex United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Newton 3 0
Sussex Barn Hill Care Center Newton 9 0
Sussex Homestead Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Newton 0 0
Union Elmora Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Elizabeth 0 0
Union Spring Grove Rehabilitation and Health Care Center New Providence 1 0
Union Children's Specialized Hospital Mountainside Mountainside 0 0
Union Atria Senior Living at Cranford Cranford 0 0
Union Westfield Center Westfield 1 0
Union Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Berkeley Heights 21 1
Union Autumn Lake at Berkeley Heights § Berkeley Heights 14 3
Union Brighton Gardens at Mountainside Mountainside 25 5
Union Lantern Hill New Providence 16 9
Union AristaCare at Norwood Terrace Plainfield 47 19
Warren The House of The Good Shepherd Hackettstown-Warren 1 0