Coverage about COVID-19 in Facilities

October 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Sued By Families Of 73 Residents Who Died From COVID-19.

ABC News (10/22, Allen) reports, “The families of some of the 73 residents who have died from COVID-19 while living at” the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Pennsylvania “have filed a lawsuit against the facility, accusing it of recklessly handling the virus outbreak.” A federal investigation of the nursing home “by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in May resulted in fines of $62,580 for ‘deficiencies with basic infection-prevention protocols.’”


Nurses At Connecticut Hospital Approve New Collective Bargaining Agreement After Going On Strike.

The AP (10/22) reports, “Registered nurses at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, [Connecticut] have approved a new, four-year collective bargaining contract after going on a two-day strike amid disputes over pay and the availability of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic.”


For-Profit Ownership Of Nursing Homes Could Have Endangered Residents Amid Pandemic, Studies Suggest.

NPR (10/22, Jaffe) reports “nursing homes have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus.” The nursing home “industry says that facilities have also been overwhelmed by costs, and they’re asking for billions in aid from the federal government.” However, “recent studies suggest that for-profit ownership may have endangered residents by skimping on care, while funneling cash to owners and investors.” But, “the nursing home industry rejects those studies and promotes earlier research that concluded that outbreaks are largely caused by community spread of COVID-19 outside of nursing homes.”


La Crosse, Wisconsin Seeing Spike In COVID-19 Deaths In Long-Term Care Facilities Following College Students’ Return.

The Washington Post (10/21, A1, Eilperin, Dennis, Mooney) reports that “thousands of students returned to La Crosse, Wis., to resume classes this fall at the city’s three colleges,” and young people packed “downtown bars and restaurants in September, crowded closely and often unmasked.” Over one “month later, La Crosse has endured a devastating spike in coronavirus cases – a wildfire of infection that first appeared predominantly in the student-age population, spread throughout the community and ultimately ravaged elderly residents who had previously managed to avoid the worst of the pandemic.” Recently, “the county has recorded 19 deaths, most of them in long-term care facilities.”


Number Of Nursing Homes In Colorado With COVID-19 Outbreaks Rises For Second Consecutive Week.

The Denver Post (10/21, Wingerter) reports, “The number of Colorado nursing homes experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak has increased for two weeks, raising concerns that broader spread in the community could put a high-risk population in danger again.” Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data “showed active outbreaks in 19 facilities Wednesday, up from 14 the previous week and 12 on Oct. 7.” It remains “too early to be sure if there’s a trend, but it’s a reminder to the general public to wear their masks and maintain social distancing, said Doug Farmer, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Care Association.”


Indiana Governor To Send National Guard Troops Into Nursing Homes To Help Care For Residents.

The Indianapolis Star (10/21, Hopkins) reports Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) “announced on Wednesday that he would send members of the Indiana National Guard into nursing homes to help an ‘exhausted’ staff care for residents.” The announcement “comes as long-term care facilities are experiencing...a surge of cases and deaths.” To date, “2,205 residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Indiana have died of COVID-19, about 58% of coronavirus deaths statewide.”


Kansas Vaccine Distribution Plan Puts Healthcare Workers, Long-Term Care Residents First On List.

The AP (10/21) reports that healthcare workers and long-term care residents “will be among those who will get the coronavirus vaccine first in Kansas, a draft plan shows.” Kansas’ 45-page plan “was filed in the past week with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Kansas City Star reported.” Other groups “that will be prioritized for the initial rounds of vaccinations include people with underlying medical conditions, people 65 and older and essential workers.”

Last modified on 10/23/2020

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