New Jersey health officials said an inspection team found “minor handwashing deficiencies” during a check of the facility Sunday.
In a statement obtained by WABC, Wanaque Center administrator Rowena Bautista said staff members notified government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC, after determining that the facility was in the midst of an adenovirus outbreak.
“The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus,” she said. “As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures in order to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center's residents."
According to the CDC, adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses that typically range from mild to severe, though severe cases are less common. People with weakened immune systems or respiratory or cardiac diseases are at higher risk of developing severe illnesses from an infection of adenovirus.
New Jersey Department of Health officials said Tuesday that employees of Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation have been instructed not to admit any new patients until after the outbreak ends.