For nursing homes, the new coronavirus is a double-whammy, hitting not just vulnerable elderly residents, but already-stretched staffs, putting heavy pressure on their operations as workers are forced to stay home because of potential infection.

St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge Township, N.J., called the state for help because about a dozen staffers were sick and the facility couldn’t adequately care for residents. On Wednesday, the center was forced to bus 78 residents, escorted by state troopers, to a different facility…

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