In the United States, 43% of COVID-19 deaths have been linked to nursing homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the population who is at most risk of dying from the novel coronavirus is the older population, especially those in long-term care facilities because they likely have underlying conditions or weakened immune systems. Plus, nursing homes have trouble preventing the spread of infection as is, and with a deadly virus like COVID-19, those issues are even more dangerous for the residents and staff.
If your loved one has been infected with COVID-19 while in their nursing home and you believe their infection was caused by the facility’s negligence, then you could use the help of a personal injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices. We know how hard it can be to not only know your loved one is sick and possibly dying, but also that you can’t be with them in their time of need due to visitation restrictions. Our team will perform a full investigation into your loved one’s situation and find who is liable so we can hold them accountable for their actions.
COVID-19 Case Statistics in Nursing Homes
Across the 12,000 facilities across the United States, there have been at least 282,000 cases of COVID-19, which account for 11 percent of all cases in the country. Over 54,000 of those cases resulted in death, which account for 43% of the nation’s total deaths. Of Kentucky’s 172 long term care facilities, 2,626 residents tested positive for COVID-19, and 61% of those cases resulted in death.
As mentioned above, the virus has been deadlier for the older population because of their susceptibility, weakened immune systems, and pre-existing conditions. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) also cited improper hand hygiene, not screening or isolating sick residents, and lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) as to why the virus was able to rapidly spread through facilities. 82% of facilities had previous trouble preventing the spread of illness. So when it came to the coronavirus, those troubles enabled it to infect more residents and led to more deaths.
It’s important to remember that while these numbers are accurate for those who have been tested, they might not be completely accurate overall because testing and reporting have not been as thorough or transparent as they could be. Some states haven’t been reporting their case numbers, and some nursing homes haven’t shared their case numbers based on privacy concerns. We may never know the true impact this virus has had on the nation and its nursing homes, but the numbers we have seen show it has been devastating.
How Can Nursing Homes Combat the Spread of Coronavirus in Their Facilities?
Many long-term care facilities across the states have taken measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading through their facilities since their residents are the most vulnerable population to the virus. Here are some measures nursing homes should implement to keep residents safe, according to the CDC:
- Frequent screenings
- Separating residents who test positive from those who test negative
- Assigning specific staff members to positive patients so they don’t cross-contaminate
- Frequently sanitize high-touch areas
- Use correct PPE as much as possible
- Clean facilities as much as possible
- Implement visitation restrictions
Thomas Law Offices Will Fight for Your Loved One’s Rights
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a difficult time for all of us. If your loved one is in a nursing home during this time, it could be harder for your family because of limited communication and no ability to visit them in their facility. If they were diagnosed with the coronavirus, it could be even harder for your family because you can’t be with them in their time of need.
Your loved one’s nursing home could be liable for their infection of the virus if they did not follow the proper procedures to keep their facility safe and clean. Thomas Law Offices will fight for your loved one’s rights and ensure that the negligent party is held accountable for their actions that caused your loved one’s illness. Reach out to us today so that we can discuss your legal options to get justice for your family.