Dispatches From The Frontline II: COVID Hits Nursing Homes

According to the Associated Press (as of April 2), at least 450 nursing home residents have died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. Although no organization or government can be expected to be fully prepared for a new and highly contagious virus, nursing homes must do better to protect residents and staff. Here are some of the latest news excerpts from nursing homes around the country.MOUNT AIRY, Maryland“Three more residents of a Mount Airy nursing home have died after a coronavirus outbreak left dozens ill. The Carroll County Health Department said the first individual was a man in his 70s, the second was a man in his 70s, and the third was a woman in her 60s. All three were residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home. A total of five people linked to the nursing home have died. The previous two victims were two men, one in his 90s and another over 80, both of whom had underlying medical issues.”


“Half of the coronavirus deaths in Delaware have been related to long-term nursing home facilities, health officials said Tuesday. Since Thursday, March 26, three Delaware long-term care facilities have announced confirmed cases of COVID-19 — Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe near Rehoboth Beach, HarborChase in Talleyville and Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Ogletown.”


“The San Antonio Fire Department and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced a COVID-19 outbreak at a local nursing home on Wednesday. Chief Charles Hood said Wednesday afternoon that 12 people had tested positive for COVID-19 at the Southeast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 4302 Southcross, including six staff members and eight residents. At least one male resident has died as a result.”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee

“After an outbreak of 100 infections and four deaths at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing outside Nashville, Tennessee — where the National Guard was called in to help evacuate the facility — Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt blamed staff members who came to work despite showing symptoms for COVID-19 and “exposed a lot of patients.”


“Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County confirmed Tuesday that seven of their residents have died from COVID-19. The facility, which has struggled with an outbreak that has sickened 41 residents in total, reported two additional deaths that are believed to be linked to the virus but have yet to be confirmed. Over the past four days, the center has reported 22 new COVID-19 diagnoses.”


“An 85-year-old resident at the Anna Maria nursing facility in Aurora died after being treated for COVID-19, and 10 residents and four employees have confirmed cases, according to a statement sent by the Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora.”


“As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Utah approached 900 Tuesday, state health officials announced the death of a woman who tested positive in a long-term care facility in Weber County. Health officials confirmed that the woman lived at Mt. Ogden Health and Rehabilitation Center in Washington Terrace, which earlier had posted an alert on its website that a resident had been diagnosed with coronavirus on March 23.”

DANBURY, Connecticut

“A World War II veteran is the first confirmed coronavirus death involving a resident from a Danbury nursing home. Gary Anderson said the chief medical examiner’s office informed him his father, Albert Anderson, had tested positive for COVID-19 after his death over the weekend. Anderson had to wait outside his father’s room at Danbury Hospital before he died. “That was horrible,” he said. The elder Anderson, 92, had been living at Glen Hill Center, a nursing home on the city’s northside, for about two months, his son said.”


“The coronavirus is spreading rapidly to Indiana’s senior living facilities, creating a potentially dangerous situation for thousands of vulnerable residents across the state.

At least two deaths have been reported. An outbreak at Otterbein SeniorLife in Franklin led to the death of an Indiana nursing home resident Wednesday morning. The 87-year-old woman had been taken to the hospital a week ago for a pre-existing condition and tested positive for COVID-19 while at the hospital, nursing home officials said. A 95-year-old Lapel man, who lived at Bethany Pointe Health Campus in Anderson, died Tuesday after testing positive for the virus March 27, his daughter told IndyStar. The nursing home’s operator, Trilogy Health Services, did not immediately respond to inquiries from IndyStar.

RESERVE, Lousianna

St. John the Baptist Parish now has the highest per-capita death rate of any county in the U.S. from the coronavirus, a grim statistic that partly owes to a significant and growing cluster of the virus in a Reserve nursing home for veterans. Officials confirmed Wednesday that at least 14 residents of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least four of them have died.


“Another victim of coronavirus at a nursing home in Willowbrook has died, DuPage County health officials announced Tuesday. The woman was in her 70s and had underlying medical conditions. Hers was the 10th coronavirus death in DuPage County, officials said. Six of those who died were from Chateau Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in the southwest suburb.”

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