In Ohio, 3 out of 5 COVID-19 deaths occurred in long-term care facilities like nursing homes
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country are at high risk for outbreaks as the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads. In addition to residents being elderly and potentially having underlying health concerns, a lack of supplies, insufficient health care, and a dearth of testing have led to long-term healthcare facilities being some of the most vulnerable places. According to The New York Times, over 28,000 residents and workers at nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died as a result of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. Nationwide, over 7,000 facilities have had reported outbreaks of COVID-19. The number of novel coronavirus patient deaths associated with long-term care facilities from state to state continues to rise rapidly.
New data released by the Ohio Department of Health shows that 60% of deaths resulting from the novel coronavirus in the state come from long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living spaces. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the first set of data was compiled before April 15, in which only 369 confirmed cases of probable coronavirus deaths were connected to long-term facilities. As of Tuesday, 1,031 deaths resulting from COVID-19 were reported in long-term care facilities, Melanie Amato, a spokeswoman for the health department, told The Columbus Dispatch.
Last week, only 674 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio were reported from these same facilities, which is over 200 more deaths than reported the previous week. More than half of all COVID-19 reported deaths in the state have been in people over the age of 80, Advance Local Media Cleveland reported. According to the state’s health department, since April 15 more than 4,000 patients and almost 2,000 staff members have been infected with the novel coronavirus in long-term care facilities.
The unscientific social distancing does not seem to be working, especially in those demographics that are most vulnerable to Coronavirus.
Now add the government ordering hospitals to release people who still have active infections into these senior facilities in order to make more room in the critical care units, and what do you think will happen?