It took much of the day to load the residents of St. Joe’s into the caravan of ambulance buses. The lines of buses left all at once, with a police escort, and drove the group to CareOne Hanover in Whippany, N.J., 45 minutes away.

FILE – In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a resident from St. Joseph’s Senior Home is loaded into a bus in Woodbridge, N.J. More than 90 residents of the nursing home in Woodbridge are being transferred to a facility in Whippany, NJ, after 24 tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokeswoman for CareOne, which operates the Whippany facility. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)