NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Speaks After Virus Kills 7 Children at Rehab Facility

As of Wednesday, state officials could offer few answers as to the cause of the outbreak.

Governor Phil Murphy
Governor Phil Murphy. Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images

It’s a story that has horrified New Jersey, and on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy let residents know he was also looking for answers as to how seven children died of a virus at a long-term medical care center in Passaic County.

State officials on Wednesday could offer few answers as to the cause of the outbreak or why it proved so deadly, according to reports on NorthJersey.com.

However, parents and unions representing workers at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation said they didn’t learn about the severity of what was happening until it was too late, according to the report.

During a news conference outside the center on Wednesday, Murphy said state officials need to understand the communication surrounding the incident.

State health officials said the facility was one of the few in New Jersey offering the types of services it did, so it could not be closed, the report said.

And while the facility had been cited for instances of poor patient care and unsanitary practices that could help spread infection, state health officials said the citations were not unusual and “low level,” the report said.

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