Police discovered 17 bodies stacked up in a New Jersey nursing-home morgue meant for no more than four earlier this week, the New Jersey Herald reports. The deceased were just a fraction of the 68 deaths that have occurred in recent weeks at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II, a long-term care facility. Twenty-six of the deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, the Herald reports.
Overwhelmed with the number of deaths, Andover staff even stored one body in a shed, The New York Times reports. Two nurses have died. Police have launched multiple investigations into the nursing home. The facility maintains beds for 700 patients, making it the state’s largest. When reached Wednesday evening, the Andover Center receptionist said all facility’s directors were gone for the day and would not be available for comment. COVID-19 has devastated nursing homes across the country.