Parents Call for Closure of NJ Care Site Where 10 Kids Have Died

The New Jersey rehabilitation facility where 10 children have died of an adenovirus outbreak in recent weeks remains open, despite calls from parents of the deceased to close its doors. reports Friday that those parents include Ocroimy Dolcin and Modeline Auguste, who lost their 4-year-old daughter, Dorcase, to the adenovirus on Oct. 22. “It is negligence because they don’t take full responsibility for what happened over there,” Dolcin said, noting that they had concerns about negligence at the facility even before their daughter fell ill. “They’re just satisfied to make money, not to take care of the sick people.” Auguste agreed, noting that “In order for me to be happy, the facility has to be closed.” Eighteen other children have also been diagnosed with the disease, a common virus that can prove deadly to those with compromised immune systems. The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is not alone—a second outbreak was reported Wednesday at New Jersey’s Voorhees Pediatric Facility, although the outbreak is believed to be milder and no children have died.