Health care workers learn how to don and doff protective gear to prepare for the Coronavirus, held at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck on 02/24/20. Video by Mitsu Yasukawa.


Fourteen health care institutions in New Jersey, including hospitals, nursing homes and an ambulance company, have been cited by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration for failing to provide enough equipment and other protections to health care workers who fell sick and died during the pandemic. 

More facilities in New Jersey were cited in the OSHA violations announced Monday than in any other state. The fines totaled $252,150.

They included $46,266 for Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, where Barbara Birchenough, 65, a nurse from Midland Park, died in April after contracting the coronavirus just days before she was to retire. A nurse’s aide who worked with her, Nestor Bautista, 62, also contracted the virus and died.