Athens-Based Nursing Home Reports Ten Dead from Coronavirus
ATHENS, GA- Cbs46.com writes that ten people died from the coronavirus at an Athens-based nursing home in Georgia. The PruittHealth Grandview facility released a statement about the deaths stating that the facility is saddened by the losses and are communicating with the families of those who died. A spokesperson for the facility also explained that the home was carrying out infection control procedures, cleaning more frequently, canceling communal activities, and not permitting visitation. The staff members are reportedly screened daily, as are patients, and only essential staff members are allowed into the facility.*
The county commissioner told reporters that he was not informed about the fatalities and learned about the deaths from Twitter. He complained that the Georgia Department of Public Health had not required nursing homes to publicize the COVID-19 data so that the public could remain informed. He also pointed out that without the information, local leaders are not able to respond to this kind of crisis. In light of the pandemic, the commissioner said that the state should be mandating the collection of information rather than counting on voluntary disclosure.
Across the United States, nursing homes have been struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus. COVID-19 has killed 7,000 or more people in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities throughout the nation. In total, about one in five victims of the virus have been people living in these types of facilities.
The crisis has highlighted weaknesses in nursing homes, which some state were reportedly already understaffed and overcrowded before the virus struck. Just one patient in a nursing home with the disease can lead to horrible consequences as the virus ravages the vulnerable population.
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