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The rollback to Phase 2 is a voluntary decision and not mandated by the state.
Based in Princeton, Mathematica Policy Research – which is receiving approximately $450,000 for the project -- will develop a report that offers policy and programmatic recommendations for the governor and legislative leaders.
Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health, estimated that the number of deaths will be "much greater" than the approximately 300-600 recorded each flu season.
The department will oversee the credentials of all replacement workers and conduct unannounced daily site visits to ensure that quality standards for safety and patient care are being upheld.
One resident suffered multiple falls the resulted in a trip to the hospital, as did a later case of dehydration.