Monitoring The Coronavirus
Our team is closely tracking the spread of the coronavirus within senior care facilities and providers across America. The Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
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Nearly 1 in 10 nursing homes in America have publicly reported cases of the coronavirus, a count that has soared in the past three days as several hard-hit states released the names of facilities after weeks of pressure from families, journalists and watchdog groups.
Through state reports and media accounts, The Washington Post has compiled a nationwide list of more than 1,300 nursing homes, with a death count that has spiraled into the thousands.
The list is far from complete. More than half a dozen states with significant outbreaks — including Maryland and Virginia where dozens of nursing home residents have died — have not released the names of facilities with cases of the virus.
Source: Washington Post (Link)
“Occupancy rates declined and move-in rates decelerated for many organizations in Wave 3, with data showing distinctive downward trends since the survey began on March 24, 2020,” NIC Senior Principal Lana Peck wrote in a blog post analyzing the results.
Compared to the previous week, independent living fared the best out of all segments, with about 70% of respondents reporting no change in occupancy. A growing number of memory care providers are seeing occupancy declines of 3% or more. About 40% of assisted living providers experienced an occupancy decline of less than 3%.
Meanwhile, the pace of move-ins continues to slow down across the board. In the “Wave 3” survey, 74% of independent living providers reported the pace of move-ins has decelerated over the last month, compared with 61% the week prior. For memory care, 64% of Wave 3 respondents said the pace of move-ins has declerated over the past 30 days, compared with 34% in Wave 2.
Source: Senior Housing News (Link)
Assisted living complexes, home to more than 800,000 people nationwide, have quickly become a new and dangerous theater in the coronavirus war. Challenged by deepening financial pressures, sicker residents, limited oversight and too few employees, they now face a crisis that could force companies into bankruptcy, roil the industry and even close some facilities — putting frail seniors at greater-than-ever risk.
More than 700 cases of COVID-19 at assisted living facilities had been reported in at least 29 states as of Wednesday, according to public health authorities and news organizations.
Source: Kaiser Health News (Link)
The numbers are staggering: More than 3,600 nursing home and long-term care residents have died due to COVID-19 infections, with a huge number occurring in just the past two weeks. What is it about nursing homes and long-term care facilities that makes them uniquely susceptible?
Dr. Richard Baron, president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, said, “There are multiple reasons. The first is that they are effectively enclosed communities — kind of like a cruise ship.
“There are two patients in a room, staff goes from patient to patient, and residents share meals and entertainment together. Practicing social distancing is challenging in this setting, and this virus spreads from person to person with some ease,” he explained.
Another important reason is that the immune system in older people just isn’t as “vigorous or effective,” Baron said.
Source: WebMD (Link)
To make sense of the carnage at New York nursing homes, you don’t need to sprout wings and survey the scene from 30,000 feet. Just keep your BS detector on and connect a few big dots.
Start with the knowledge Albany had for months — that the coronavirus was extra-lethal for the elderly. Study after study showed death rates climbed with age, especially among those with serious, pre-existing health issues. That describes the entire population in most nursing homes.
Source: NYPost (Link)
The numbers were compiled by NBC News, which also reported that nearly 2,500 long-term care facilities in 36 states are battling coronavirus cases – an explosive 522 percent increase in just 10 days.
The numbers are incomplete because the federal government doesn’t keep a formal tally of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes or the number of facilities with infections, according to the network on Friday.
Source: FoxNews (Link)
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:
As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.
Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce exposures to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
|State||Status||Nursing Homes with known cases||Nursing Homes with known cases w/ count||Nursing Homes with known deaths||National % of Nursing Homes with Cases||National % of Nursing Homes with Deaths|
|TOTAL||Reporting (36 states),||4,069||50,775||10,378||11%||27%|
|District of Columbia||Reporting||14||199||15||6%||11%|
|New Hampshire||Not Reporting|
|Rhode Island||Not Reporting|
|South Dakota||Not Reporting|