ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — Family members continue to have questions regarding Andover Subacute and Rehabilition I and II, including Beth Gangi, whose uncle died from COVID-19 in Subacute II.


Gangi said Friday her uncle Lawrence Togno’s death certificate, which her family received following his death on April 6, listed manner of death as “natural causes” and cause of death, attributed to the COVID-19 infection. Gangi said her uncle’s chart had no notations after he was taken to the hospital with a fever on April 2, then returned to Subacute II the same day, until the time of his death. There was no record if her uncle tested positive for COVID-19 or time of death on his chart or death certificate. No autopsy was performed.


Although he was reportedly ill, Gangi said a representative at the facility told her that a social worker found him at 7:30 p.m. on the day of his death in rigor mortis. Gangi said she was told a doctor pronounced her uncle dead an hour later.


One of Subacute I and II’s owners Chaim Scheinbaum of Alliance Healthcare referred all requests for comments to his attorney, Christopher Porrino of Lowenstein Sandler, who has not yet responded to the New Jersey Herald.


The only official word the family received about the outbreak at the facility was in a letter dated on April 6 — the same date as Togno’s death — which arrived on April 10, Gangi said.


Subacute II called her father Dominick Togno, Lawrence Togno’s legal guardian and brother on April 2, Gangi said, to alert him that at 2 a.m. that day, Lawrence Togno had been transported to and from Newton Medical Center, with a temperature, which later broke. Following that incident and knowledge of the COVID-19 outbreak, Gangi said, her father could not reach anyone at the facility. However, on the day of his death, representatives from Subacute II shocked the family with only the phone communication, which was to alert them that Togno was dead, Gangi said.


After receiving the news that her uncle had died, Gangi said she called and spoke to a Subacute II representative who at first refused to provide information, until Gangi, a firefighter and paramedic, pressed them. She was told that her uncle’s chart had no notations following his return from the hospital on April 2 through his death on April 6, she said. In conversations with the representative, however, Gangi said she learned her uncle’s temperature had been 102.6 and he had been on oxygen at the hospital. Gangi said the representative said it was uncertain if Togno was on oxygen following his return from the hospital.


On Friday, Gangi said a law enforcement agency, which she declined to name, contacted her with questions for an investigation the agency is conducting. She answered their question affirmatively when asked if she believed her uncle was neglected in the facility.


While living at the facility, Gangi said her father would often find the clothes he bought for Togno soiled with bodily wastes; and would throw out clothing because he felt the garments were in such poor condition, then purchase new items. Gangi said the facility was responsible for cleaning his laundry.


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