Workers at Nursing Home Facilities Talk About the Devastating Impact of COVID-19
CONNECTICUT- Nbcconnecticut.com writes that nursing homes in Connecticut have suffered tragic losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. One nurse reported that the facility she has worked in for more than 24 years lost 30 residents to the virus and that many of the employees have become sick or are too scared to go to work.*
The Kimberly Hall North in Windsor is a 150-bed nursing home where 33 fatalities have been reported. So far, there have been sixteen residents who tested positive for the virus, and 66 who have presumed cases.
A 52-year-old nurse stated that the losses have left the community grieving and that they feel as though they lost family because of the deadly virus.
Nationally, nursing homes have faced a particularly devastating blow from the coronavirus. In Connecticut, officials report that about one-third of the 971 people in the state who died from the virus as of late last week were residents in nursing homes. However, the death toll at those facilities is believed to have been higher because the numbers only include confirmed cases, and not all people who died were tested, even if they were suspected of having been positive.
While the virus may only cause mild or moderate illness in young and healthy individuals, older adults and people with other health problems may face severe illness and death if infected. Those who work in the facilities are complaining about the lack of protective gear.
At another home, the Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in East Haven, 32 of the home’s residents tested positive, and fourteen died from COVID-19.
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