Nursing Homes in Quincy Loses Twelve Residents to Coronavirus
QUINCY, MA- The patiotledger.com writes that nursing homes in Quincy are now taking extra steps to test residents and members of their staff after reporting that twelve people died in long-term care facilities in the area. The total number of deaths doubled this week, and the virus is continuing to spread among the vulnerable populations at senior living and rehabilitation facilities.*
Some in the industry state that it has become challenging to stay ahead of the fast-spreading virus. The South Cove Manor facility located on Washington Street now has a drive-thru testing facility set up in order to test the 260 members of the staff and the 141 residents. The tests should be completed within two days. Last week a member of the staff did test positive, but none of the residents have tested positive at this time.
The Quincy Health and Rehabilitation Center has not had the same luck, and already there are 75 confirmed cases at that facility. The National Guard has taken part in the testing. The Department of Public Health is now managing the testing and tracing of contacts for long-term facilities such as nursing homes. However, South Cove is able to perform the tests on its own because it does not have an outbreak.
Throughout the state, 1,108 people had died from the virus as of earlier this week. Out of that total, 430 were residents of nursing homes or other related facilities. Massachusetts has 383 nursing homes, with a total of around 38,000 residents. There are also 255 assisted living facilities, with about 16,500 residents, and 93 rest homes caring for around 3,000 individuals.
According to the Department of Public Health, 4,500 tests were performed at these facilities, and another 8,600 kits have been requested by facilities wishing to perform their own tests.
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