Elder-Care Home Residents Account For Average Of 47% Of COVID-19 Fatalities Across 26 Countries, Data Indicate.
The Washington Post (10/15, Taylor) reports, “Across 26 countries, elder-care home residents have accounted for an average of 47 percent of recorded coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network, a global collaboration between academics and policymakers.” In some nations, “including the United States, the data suggests that roughly 1 in 20 elder-care residents have already died of covid-19 during the pandemic.” Adelina Comas-Herrera, a researcher at the London School of Economics and coordinator for the network, said, “The idea that you could somehow protect the people living in care homes from whatever is going on outside hasn’t worked.”
Almost 40% Of Nursing Homes In Louisiana Reported Staffing Shortages During Four-Week Period Amid Pandemic, Report Says.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune (10/14, Roberts) reports that almost “four in 10 Louisiana nursing homes reported a staffing shortage during a four-week period in August and September, according to a new report from AARP.” The data are “included in a new monthly dashboard from the senior advocacy group that details a number of metrics related to the performance of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including the availability of personal protective gear in homes, the infection and death rates per 100 residents, and staff infection rates.” The AARP report shows Louisiana “is far above average in staffing shortages with 39.6% of homes reporting a shortage of either nurses or aides. The national average is 28.8%, the report says.”
One Quarter Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests Will Be Shipped To Pennsylvania Nursing Homes In First Allotment Of Weekly Distribution.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/14, Mamula) reports, “A quarter million rapid COVID-19 tests [made by Abbott Diagnostics Scarborough] are being shipped to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania, the first allotment in a weekly distribution that will continue through Christmas, state health officials said Wednesday.” Ultimately, “about 3.8 million test cards...will be distributed to long-term care facilities, universities and pharmacies by December.”
Some States Curtailing Use Of COVID-19 Testing Equipment Provided By Trump Administration For Nursing Homes.
ABC News (10/14, Romero) reports “several states have curtailed using coronavirus testing equipment in nursing homes that was provided by the Trump Administration after concerns were raised about the results, including false positives that risk mistakenly sending vulnerable seniors into special COVID isolation wings that could ultimately expose them to the virus.” Since July, the Trump Administration “had been rushing out the machines from manufacturers Becton, Dickinson and Company and Quidel to more than 14,000 facilities around the country in an attempt to identify outbreaks faster and stem the tide of the virus.” However, “some states are reporting that these tests, which have produced a rate of false negative results as high as 50%...are now also yielding false positives, an outcome of deeper concern to state health officials.”
Minnesota National Guard Called In To Support Two Nursing Homes Facing Large COVID-19 Outbreaks.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (10/13, Serres) reports that “in a troubling sign of COVID-19’s resurgence, the Minnesota National Guard has been called in to provide emergency staffing support at two nursing homes struggling to contain large and deadly outbreaks.” During “the past 10 days, the National Guard has dispatched small teams of medical professionals to facilities at opposite ends of the state where dozens of residents and staff have been sickened, and where staffing levels became so depleted that they turned to the state for help.” The two “facilities – one in the southern Minnesota city of Austin and the other on the Iron Range in Hibbing – have active outbreaks and are isolating infected residents in separate COVID-19 units.”
NJ.com (October 13)
More than 100 New Jersey nursing homes have had coronavirus outbreaks since summer as crisis continues
The coronavirus devastated New Jersey’s nursing homes this spring, killing thousands of residents and prompting a raft of measures to better protect the state’s most vulnerable population.