By Stacey Barchenger, NorthJersey.com

New Jersey officials on Monday released a list of 425 nursing homes and health care facilities where coronavirus outbreaks have sickened and killed residents in recent weeks.

The list includes the number of coronavirus cases and deaths at each facility, as reported by the facilities themselves. Deaths include those who have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, who were awaiting test results, and deaths of people with respiratory illnesses who were not tested.

The state has faced increasing calls to publicly disclose the names of the facilities, expanding on a requirement that the facilities inform staff and families when there is an outbreak.

"Repeatedly we have re-enforced their obligation to inform residents, staff and families," state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. "However, we are still hearing concerns that that is not taking place. So in the full interest of transparency, we are sharing the details."

Long-term care facilities are an area of particular concern for those battling the coronavirus pandemic because elderly residents and those with pre-existing health conditions are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Of the state's 4,377 deaths as of Monday, 1,779 were residents of long-term care facilities. There are more than 10,700 cases in long-term care facilities across the state.

The Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus has more deaths, at 39, and cases, at 155, than any other facility in the state, according to the list released Monday. However, as evidence of how rapidly shifting the number of known cases can be, the state Department of Military and Veteran Affairs counted 44 deaths at the facility as of Monday.

The home has been lambasted by families who say they cannot get information, and recently staff at the state-run home told a Korean War veteran's family he was on the mend though the man had died hours earlier. Army National Guard medics have been called in to help the response there.

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Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II, the Sussex County nursing home now the focus of a state investigation after 17 bodies were found in makeshift storage and reportedly a shed, has the second-highest number of resident deaths, at 31. The facility is the largest in the state with more than 500 residents. On Monday Persichilli said the Andover facility would be required to hire additional staff and had been barred from admitting new patients at least temporarily.

There are about 370 long-term care facilities and 210 residential assisted living homes in New Jersey, according to the Department of Health.

Health department staff had visited 21 of those locations as of Sunday evening, checking the response to to prevent the spread of the virus, Persichilli said.

New Jersey follows other states that have in recent days released full or partial lists of nursing homes where the coronavirus is spreading. There is still disparity among the state lists when it comes to reporting deaths, case counts, or neither.

California released a "snapshot" list that includes the number, sometimes in a range, of patients and staff with COVID-19 in individual skilled nursing facilities. Florida on Saturday released the names of more than 300 facilities where there were known cases, but without providing specific counts of cases at each.

Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the list provided additional transparency and expanded on a prior mandate, like the one in New Jersey, that families be told when there are cases among staff or residents at the facilities, according to the Associated Press.

"I don't want to be in a situation where the families don't know," DeSantis said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday released a list of some nursing homes in the state and the deaths at each, though facilities with fewer than five COVID-related deaths were "excluded for privacy purposes," the list says. New Jersey's list appears to provide specific numbers of both deaths and illnesses.

The Garden State's online dashboard of coronavirus statistics was recently updated to include the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes, but at the county level. It did not previously name facilities, and state officials cited privacy concerns for not doing so.