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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)

Parsippany, NJ — Reacting to reports of the first new COVID case at the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home since July, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) issued the following statement:


“I am deeply worried about the reported COVID case at the Paramus veterans home, especially after the tragic outbreak at that facility earlier this year. As a veteran who has fought to improve veteran care since I came to Congress, I want the residents and their families to know that I remain committed to fighting to ensure these facilities and their leadership are held accountable.


“Concerns about nursing home preparedness, competency, and transparency are real. And after this spring’s tragic and unnecessary outbreak, the new leadership must be held accountable and ensure there is a plan in place to isolate positive patients, test residents and employees, and provide caregivers with appropriate PPE. 


“But we must go further than demands. Nationwide, we need stronger oversight and protections in nursing homes and more robust, better-funded monitoring. We still do not have the reliable, swift testing necessary to track and slow the spread of known cases.


“I have introduced a series of bills to address the problems at the heart of our coronavirus response, including legislation with Rep. Bill Pascrell to increase pandemic preparedness and a bill to speed COVID testing results.


“I support and appreciate the work that my colleagues Reps. Pascrell and Gottheimer have done to improve the response at the Paramus Veterans Home. Along with them and the entire NJ Congressional Delegation, I will be closely monitoring the situation and pushing the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for clear information about steps implemented to prevent another outbreak in Paramus.”


Earlier this month, Rep. Sherrill and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. introduced legislation to increase oversight and improve pandemic response in long-term care facilities. Rep. Sherrill also led a bill that encourages labs to provide faster test results.


During the first outbreak, Rep. Sherrill worked closely with the New Jersey delegation, led by Reps. Pascrell and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), to ensure additional medical resources for the long-term care VA facilities in New Jersey, and to hold leadership accountable for their failures. She also called for the resignation of the CEO of the Paramus Veterans Home, who was removed by Governor Murphy in mid-October.