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Dispatches from the Frontline: Nursing Homes Hit Hard by Coronavirus

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (as of Mar. 23), there are 147 nursing homes that have at least one resident with COVID-19. 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.

News Excerpts from Nursing Homes Hit by COVID-19

King County, Washington

“A 90-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at Life Care Center senior care facility in Seattle has recovered, her family says. Life Care Center experienced a massive spread of the virus in mid-February. According to a CDC investigation, 62% of the roughly 130 elderly residents had become infected and more than a quarter of them have died.”

Source: CBS News

Seattle, Washington

“Shuksan Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing center, had 29 new [COVID-19] cases confirmed on Sunday, according to the Whatcom County Health Department. The Bellingham Herald reports 23 of the new cases were residents while six were Shuksan employees.”

Source: Associated Press

Kansas City, Kansas

“The man in his 70s who died of the coronavirus on Wednesday had been living at the Life Care Center of Kansas City. Life Care Centers of America has facilities in 28 states, including seven in Kansas and 10 in Missouri, and owns the nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, that has been a focal point of the deadly virus.

Source: Kansas City Star

New Orleans, Louisiana

“The first cluster to emerge in the state, at the Lambeth House retirement community in New Orleans, has exploded, with 42 positive cases and nine deaths. About 260 residents live in the complex, according to state authorities.”

Source: NOLA.com

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“A 73-year-old Port Allen nursing home resident died after contracting the new coronavirus, marking the first death at a care facility in the Baton Rouge area. The person was a resident at Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation of Port Allen and died Sunday after being brought to a hospital last week with severe symptoms, according to management and the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.”

Source: The Advocate

Burlington, Vermont

“COVID-19-related deaths in Vermont have climbed to five, the state's health department announced Monday—four of them in the same Burlington nursing home. The state's largest-known outbreak of COVID-19 is inside the Burlington Health & Rehab Center on Pearl Street. The Vermont Department of Health reported four deaths of nursing home residents who tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus; one last week, and three more deaths over the weekend.”

Source: NECN

Stafford Springs, Connecticut

“A second resident from a Stafford Springs nursing home has died of COVID-19, officials said Sunday, and at least three others from the facility have tested positive for the disease. The newest fatality, an 83-year-old man, was the first resident of the Evergreen Health Care Center to test positive. He had been hospitalized for days with symptoms.”

Source: The CT Mirror

Ridgefield, Connecticut

“An official at a Ridgefield nursing home confirmed Tuesday a second resident has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, 16 people at Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings, have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.”

Source: NewsTimes

Lebanon, Oregon

“A coronavirus patient at the Lebanon veterans home has died, state officials said Sunday, bringing Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll to five. The man who died was a veteran in his 90s who tested positive on March 11 and had underlying medical conditions, state health officials said. He died Sunday morning at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home.”

Source: The Oregonian

Boston, Massachusetts

“An elderly Boston memory care patient who died March 20 has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson for Rogerson House, which is at least the third assisted living facility in Massachusetts to experience a case of COVID-19.”

Source: The Boston Globe

Dupage County, Illinois

A nursing home in Illinois is dealing with 42 cases of the coronavirus and officials worry the number will go up. Thirty residents and twelve staff members of Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are in isolation after testing positive.

Source: WGN/CNN

Troy, Ohio

The third patient of Koester Pavilion nursing home in Troy to die was 88-year-old Alan Shump, Miami County Coroner William Ginn said. Shump, of Troy, died Sunday and previously tested positive for the coronavirus. Dennis Propes, the health commissioner of Miami County Public Health, said results are pending for the other two Koester Pavilion patients who died. They are 94-year-old Earl Bolinger who died Thursday and 83-year-old Glenn Winters who died Friday.”

Source: The Dayton Daily News

Jacksonville, Florida

An additional two residents of Camellia at Deerwood were diagnosed with the coronavirus, bringing the total of people at the assisted living facility testing positive for the virus to seven. The facility had the very first known case of the coronavirus identified in Duval County. It was an 83-year-old resident, who was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. That patient later died.

Source: News4Jax

Springfield, Missouri

“Cases in Greene County jumped to 17 overall midday Monday. Four of those new cases are tied to a Springfield assisted living facility. County health leaders found out one of those four died from the virus Monday afternoon. The woman is in her 80s. Her name has not been released. The Missouri Department of Health is working with care providers at Morningside of Springfield-East to prevent the spread there. Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goodard says these are the first cases in the county not spread from another case or related to travel.”

Source: KY3

Montclair, New Jersey

“John Cofrancesco, 52, of Bergenfield, died on March 19. He was the executive director of the Family of Care Van Dyk Nursing Home, now Family of Caring, on North Mountain Avenue. The home is connected to at least one patient's death from COVID-19.”

Source: Montclair Local News

Warsaw, New York

“A Wyoming County nursing home resident infected with Covid-19 died Monday, marking what appears to be the first death from the virus in Western New York. The individual was one of two residents at the Wyoming County Community Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility who had been in isolation since testing positive for the new coronavirus, according to Joseph L. McTernan, CEO of the Wyoming County Community Health System.”

Source: The Buffalo News

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