New support group forms to help North Bergen nursing home ravaged by COVID-19

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A new support group has been formed to help a North Bergen nursing home ravaged by COVID-19, providing hot meals for patients and staff from a number of different local eateries.

Staff at the Harborage nursing staff in North Bergen. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Based on reports of the struggles across the state in long-term care facilities, I heard the Harborage was in need of assistance and I couldn’t turn a blind eye,” Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Erica Seitzman said over the phone yesterday.

As of yesterday, the Harborage in North Bergen, located right at the Palisades Medical Center complex at 7600 River Road, has had 156 cases of COVID-19 and 24 related deaths, according to data released by the New Jersey Department of Health.

On Wednesday, North Bergen officials announced that all nursing homes would receive full COVID-19 testing, in a joint effort with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation.

At the time, the township had 110 deaths attributed to the coronavirus and 66 occurred in their three long-term care facilities.

Tony Boloney’s was the first restaurant to donate 60 pies on Friday, April 17th, with Johnny Pepperoni’s participating the following Monday, and Il Tavolo di Palmisano, all from Hoboken, quick to follow suit.

Bareburger and Lotus Thai in Guttenberg have also already participated in the cause.

Additionally, North Bergen’s Riverview Diner is also now offering a $10 deluxe chicken sandwich for those looking to help the Harborage with a dinner option.

Anyone looking to get involved with the effort should follow their Facebook page.

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