Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer said test results confirmed two cases on March 27. But the number of confirmed cases ballooned in just one day, with an additional 64 cases confirmed on March 28. Some residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain asymptomatic, he added.
Dr. Charlene Harrington, professor emeritus at UCSF School of Nursing and an expert on nursing homes, warned the public a few weeks ago outbreaks like this could happen. She said she is concerned because there could be “as many as 400 nursing homes” across the country that have patients with coronavirus.
Across the country, COVID-19 has created a crisis at nursing home facilities. More than 100 residents and staff tested positive at a Tennessee rehabilitation center. Outside Baltimore, 77 seniors tested positive at one facility. In western Massachusetts, 11 veterans who lived at a home for soldiers died, including five who had tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said actions by California and Washington state to close schools, encourage people to work from home and only go out for essential needs had given her hope the virus could be controlled through social distancing measures.
The Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center is asking for donations. They’re asking for gloves, hand sanitizer, gowns and masks as well as nurses and aides willing to help.
Eight residents of a New Jersey nursing home have died and all 94 residents of another New Jersey home were moved to another facility after two dozen tested positive for the coronavirus. In Washington state, some 35 residents of a single home near Seattle have died.
Indications are they have paid a steep toll in anonymity. In France, the two regions hit earliest by the pandemic reported an over 30% increase in the number of deaths from March 1-16 compared to the previous year, according to the national statistics agency, which released the figures for the Haut-Rhin and southern Corsica regions […]
Nursing homes across the country and in Connecticut struggle to follow basic infection prevention protocols, according to a data analysis by Kaiser Health News and distributed by The Associated Press. About 63 percent of all U.S. nursing homes were cited for one or more infection-control deficiencies in the last four years with 23 percent being […]
Nursing homes are particularly concerning to health care officials; the coronavirus is most deadly for patients over 60 or those with underlying health conditions. Of the 44 coronavirus-related deaths in Los Angeles County, 6 have been nursing home residents according to the Los Angles Times.
Colorado emergency managers and hospital officials on Monday were deploying critical care doctors and nurses at hospitals, adding beds where possible, and trying to acquire more ventilators as testing confirmed 2,627 coronavirus cases statewide and at least 51 deaths. New patients were being admitted to hospitals faster than hospitalized patients, many on ventilators, are recovering. […]