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FL: Coronavirus Isolation a Dilemma for Seniors

Dara Kam (PHOTO CREDIT: WSFA) - Mar 24, 2020

“Social distancing,” ending visitation at nursing homes and shuttering nearly all gathering places could have a devastating effect on the people many of the measures are meant to safeguard: older adults, who are already at risk of isolation and loneliness. The race to curb the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus has prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis to erect barriers around long-term...

Nursing Homes Are Coronavirus Risks

Caitlin McGlade and Anne Ryman (PHOTO CREDIT: Arizona Republic) - Mar 25, 2020

The first, most deadly cluster of new coronavirus cases in the United States started at a nursing home in Washington state.  Last year, before COVID-19 was a concern, authorities saw a vulnerability at Life Care Center of Kirkland, which is now linked to at least 35 deaths from the virus. The nursing home was cited for failing to follow federal...

‘Beyond devastating’: Ban on visiting loved ones in ALFs, group homes is a crushing blow

Carol Marbin Miller and Bailey LeFever (PHOTO CREDIT: Miami Herald) - Mar 20, 2020

About 10 days ago, Marilyn Ashbridge’s mother had surgery at her Pembroke Park assisted living facility. The doctor ordered that a bandage on the wound remain in place for a month. But three days later, Ashbridge said, the dressing was gone. Ashbridge was planning to return to the ALF to ensure the bandage was replaced, and to oversee her mother’s wound care. But then she got...

Two Nursing Home Patients Test Positive for COVID-19

- Mar 22, 2020

Nursing home patients are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and we're learning of some new cases here in Western New York. State officials say two residents from the Wyoming County Community Hospital: Skilled Nursing Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. The two patients have been cared for in isolation since being tested. Health officials are now trying to track down...

CT: Second Resident of Stafford Springs Nursing Home has Died

Jenna Carlesso (PHOTO CREDIT: CT Mirror) - Mar 22, 2020

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.   Before that, he...
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