More than 16,000 Nursing Home Residents Dead from COVID-19
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At least 16,000 nursing home residents have died from the novel coronavirus in the U.S., according to USA TODAY. The number is inaccurate. Not every state in the country has released statistics about the extent of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. It is safe to assume that every state in the Union has at least one nursing home death of a resident or staff member due to COVID-19. Therefore, at least one out of every four people in the U.S. who died from the novel coronavirus lived or worked in a nursing home. Inadequate testing and lack of personal protective equipment, referred to as PPE, have led to the crisis in our countries’ nursing facilities. *
Help from the federal government might be available to nursing homes who lack the necessary equipment. The president said that FEMA would deliver PPE to every nursing home in the U.S. Additionally, the governors of Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee will have all of the residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term healthcare facilities tested for COVID-19.
Over two million people live in long-term care facilities in the U.S., and 97,000 nursing home residents and staff were positive for the virus after testing. A precise count of the number of nursing home residents who are positive for COVID-19 is improbable. However, long-term care facilities in 46 states, totaling 5,700 facilities, have self-reported at least one positive staff member or resident.
Despite the large number of facilities reporting at least one positive case, many states refuse to disclose vital information about the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes. Only 32 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have released some information identifying nursing homes with a positive resident or staff member. The remaining eighteen states will not disclose nursing home names.
Federal officials demanded nursing homes inform patients and their families about the spread of the novel coronavirus in their nursing home.
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