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What makes nursing homes especially vulnerable to COVID-19?

COVID-19 deaths briefly dropped in June before making a swift comeback, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal cites federal data showing a massive increase in new cases, primarily fueled by states like Texas and Florida. Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of society when it comes to COVID-19 infections. During the...

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Nursing homes are hot spots for COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus pandemic has taken a great toll on nursing homes. Georgia is no exception. Data.CMS.gov, a federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reports the state, for the week ending July 26, had recorded 5,737 cases and 1,128 deaths at nursing homes. The state’s rate of 202.5 cases...

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Congressional COVID-19 probe targets nursing home chain based in Atlanta

The nursing home chain SavaSeniorCare, based in Atlanta, is part of a Congressional investigation into the coronavirus crisis in long-term care facilities. Nearly half of Sava’s 13 nursing homes in Georgia have had major COVID-19 outbreaks, according to an AJC article about the probe. Rep. James Clyburn, chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on the...

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Hundreds of Georgia long-term senior care workers have coronavirus

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended the lockdown to June 12, 2020 to all statewide long-term care facilities to help protect those who are most vulnerable to illness. As the state begins easing the lockdown for the general population, however, the virus may continue to circulate throughout the community. The danger nursing residents face during this...

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What causes deadly infections like COVID-19 to break out in nursing homes?

Nursing home residents are among the most susceptible to infectious diseases, especially those caused by viruses. Earlier this year, we saw the devastation in a Washington State nursing home, where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) caused several resident deaths. According to the Washington Post, the outbreak was originally mistaken for a case of influenza. As it...

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Nursing homes and COVID-19: What are your rights?

The coronavirus pandemic has hit residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities hard. Because coronavirus is very contagious and dangerous for seniors and people who have pre-existing medical conditions, residents are especially at risk. News of deaths and serious illness occurring at these long-term facilities in Georgia has been heartbreaking. People who have loved...

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Will GA lawmakers reform the senior care system to protect residents with dementia?

Did you know that as many as half the people living in senior residential care facilities in the U.S. suffer from some kind of cognitive decline? That’s according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which in recent months has been publishing an important series about Georgia’s senior care industry. The newspaper reports that those with dementia have...

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Lawmakers and nursing home providers address staffing concerns in nursing homes

We previously weighed in on a federal investigation that revealed the underreporting of staffing at several nursing home facilities. Now, lawmakers seek to remedy the problem with newly introduced legislation, according to McKnight's Long-Term Care News. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) and Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) introduced The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act under...

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