For the 78 residents of St. Joe’s, the arrival of hazmat-suited officials in their caravan of ambulance buses was terrifying. Some evacuees with dementia shouted and furiously clawed at them. Others begged not to be taken away.

Residents from St. Joseph’s Senior Home are helped onto buses in Woodbridge, N.J., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. More than 90 residents of the nursing home are being transferred to a facility in Whippany after 24 tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokeswoman for CareOne, which operates the Whippany facility. The facility has moved its residents to other facilities to accommodate the new arrivals. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)