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WA: Over 24 More Residents at Shuksan Healthcare Center Test Positive

Mike Carter - Mar 22, 2020

Testing has revealed that more than two dozen residents and six staff members at the Shuksan Healthcare Center in Whatcom County are infected with the novel coronavirus, health officials announced late Sunday. The Whatcom County Health Department said it also recently learned that the second COVID-19-related death in Whatcom County, announced Saturday, was associated with the Shuksan...

Nursing Home Outbreaks Lay Bare Chronic Industry Problems

Bernard Condon and Candice Choi (PHOTO CREDIT: Ted S. Warren) - Mar 21, 2020

Burgeoning coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes in Washington, Illinois, New Jersey and elsewhere are laying bare the industry’s long-running problems, including a struggle to control infections and a staffing crisis that relies on poorly paid aides who can’t afford to stay home sick. That came into clear focus at the deadliest single spot in the nation’s coronavirus...

FL: FFBC Director Calls for Increased Transparency about Coronavirus in Nursing Homes

Denise Royal (PHOTO CREDIT: Matias Ocner) - Mar 21, 2020

At least nineteen long-term care facilities in Florida have either a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. The disease has already proven deadly at one senior care facility in Broward County. Four residents have tested positive for the virus at an assisted living facility in Jacksonville. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew says she has sent experts to the...

Sick Staff Fueled Outbreak in Seattle Nursing Homes, CDC Reports

Associated Press - Mar 18, 2020

Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. At least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to Life Care Center in Kirkland. A report Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the most...

FL: Three Deaths at One Fort Lauderdale ALF Stoke Coronavirus Fears

Carol Marbin Miller (PHOTO CREDIT: Matias J. Ocner) - Mar 17, 2020

Three residents of a large Fort Lauderdale assisted living facility have died in recent days, and leaders fear their deaths may be linked to the spread of the coronavirus, a pandemic that is proving to be particularly lethal among elders. On Tuesday morning, the Florida Department of Health announced one death at an unidentified ALF in Broward County at the agency’s...
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