Coronavirus: 17 bodies discovered at nursing home after police receive tip

ANDOVER, N.J. — Police in Andover, New Jersey, acting on a tip discovered 17 bodies in the morgue of one of the state’s largest nursing homes.

Police went to Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II after getting a report about a body in a shed on the property. Police said they did not find any remains in the shed, but employees at the facility asked for help with the bodies that were being stored in the morgue at the home, CNN reported.

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Nursing home officials said the morgue was only designed to hold four bodies, but they found for times that amount when they went inside, The New York Times reported.

Each person’s remains were in a body bag and were tagged with identification, CNN reported.

Thirteen of the 17 remains were moved to a refrigerated trailer at Newton Medical Center, according to CNN.

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There have been 68 deaths recently linked to Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II, including two nurses, CNN reported. Twenty-six of the deceased had tested positive for coronavirus, the Times reported. The cause of death for the rest was not reported.

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In the two buildings that make up the nursing home, there have been 76 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 41 staff members who have coronavirus, the Times reported.