As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations

At the outset of a looming pandemic, just weeks after the first known coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil, the woman responsible for helping to protect 1.3 million residents in America’s nursing homes laid out an urgent strategy to slow the spread of infection.

The coronavirus ravaged a Kirkland nursing home – leaving families to pick up the pieces



In the suburbs of Seattle, federal inspectors had found the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to properly care for ailing patients or alert authorities to a growing number of respiratory infections. At least 146 other nursing homes across the country had confirmed coronavirus cases in late March when Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, vowed to help “keep what happened in Kirkland from happening again.”


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The federal agency and its state partners, Verma said, would conduct a series

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Feds are sending doctors, nurses to aid N.J. veterans homes where almost 200 have died

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that doctors and nurses from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will spend the next month at two of New Jersey’s veterans nursing homes, where 190 residents died from the coronavirus.

The news comes just days after the governor accepted the resignation of Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, the adjutant general who oversees the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Murphy also announced Friday the CEOs of the veterans homes in Menlo Park and Paramus, where 101 and 89 residents died, respectively, will be replaced.

“Especially as we begin to transition to new leadership at our veterans homes, these additional hands will play an essential role,” the governor said during his routine pandemic briefing in Trenton.

“This staff support began this morning and will continue for at least four weeks,” Murphy said.

“I thank Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie – who I have

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New Jersey Governor Replaces Officials Who Supervised Homes Where Nearly 200 Died of Covid-19

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy replaced top officials at the state’s veterans affairs agency on Friday, less than two weeks after a Wall Street Journal investigation showed deadly lapses at one of its facilities amid a Covid-19 outbreak.

Gov. Murphy’s announcement said that effective immediately, the top Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official, Maj. Gen. Jemal Beale, would be replaced by a deputy at the agency. He said a new interim administrator would be appointed at the agency’s Menlo Park Veterans Memorial home, the focus of the Journal report, and at a second home the agency runs in Paramus, N.J.

The agency official overseeing operations at both facilities, Sean Van Lew, is also being replaced, he announcement said.

Jemal Beale was succeeded by a deputy as the top New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official.


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The state has attributed nearly

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