COVID-19 Causes Over 16,000 Nursing Home DeathsMay 26, 2020 | Category: COVID-19 Claims, Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse | Share
There is mounting pressure from the public to increase transparency about COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the United States. Roughly one quarter of our nation’s COVID-19 deaths are those of facility residents and staff members. Rhonda Richards, senior legislative representative at AARP, said, “More needs to be done. The number of deaths is appalling. We can’t overstate the gravity of this situation.”
The News-Press reported on Sunday, May 3, 2020 that more than 2 million Americans live in long-term care settings, including the nation’s approximately 15,600 federally-regulated nursing homes and 28,900 assisted living facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
USA Today gathered statistics from state agencies which showed that nearly 97,000 residents and staff from nursing homes and long-term care facilities tested positive for COVID-19. In the more than 5,700 facilities in 46 states, there has been either a resident or staff member who contracted COVID-19 (there are some states which have not released statistics). The Florida Department of Health detailed more than 300 facilities where staff or residents tested positive for COVID-19.
The CDC started requiring facilities to inform residents and their families within 12 hours of the virus being detected in a facility. These regulations also require facilities to report COVID-19 cases directly to the CDC.
Prior to the CDC’s regulations, family members were often told by nursing home and long-term care staff members that the coronavirus was contained, even when it was not.
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