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Nursing homes were not on our minds much before the COVID-19 pandemic. Then their residents began dying by the thousands.

While there are no definitive figures, nursing home residents and staff appear to account for about one-third of the roughly 90,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S., according to The New York Times. Those figures may be low because some states do not report such figures and the CDC is just beginning to collect them.

President Trump Thursday announced the formation of an independent commission to look at the response of nursing homes to the coronavirus. The move comes as nursing home operators clamor for more equipment and testing.

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Deaths at long-term care facilities account for more than a quarter of the more than 1,000 people in Florida who have died from COVID-19. After weeks of increasing pressure, the governor released the names of the facilities with reported cases of COVID-19.

 

But that list contained incorrect and, some have said, incomplete information. The number of current cases, the status of those infections, and the number of fatalities at specific homes remain unknown. 

The people most vulnerable to the coronavirus are older adults with underlying health conditions. And that perfectly describes the residents of nursing homes.

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

After shocking instances of nursing homes failing to disclose the existence and extent of COVID-19 cases within their facilities, the federal government will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives when residents or staff contract the illness.

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It's been nearly a week since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned visitors at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

 

Older people, along with people who have an existing health condition, are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. The state's ban on visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities – at least for now – will last through mid-April. 

Coronavirus Cases Suspected In 19 Long-Term Care Facilities In Florida

Mar 19, 2020
John McCall / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The new coronavirus disease widened its attack on Florida’s most vulnerable population this week, with the announcement Wednesday that new cases were suspected or confirmed at 19 long-term care facilities.

The state would not identify the facilities or say where they were located. But one Fort Lauderdale facility may account for some of them.

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04/23/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a rebroadcast from 02/05/14/ with Elder Care of Florida founder Jacqueline Harris Chiodo. Over a 30-year career, she’s been a senior trust officer for numerous Florida banks.  She’s founded Elder Care of Florida, which provides “fiduciary” safety to Florida seniors. One in five seniors in the state who lost investment money have been defrauded.

Elder Care of Florida

Feb 5, 2014
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02/05/14/ - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Elder Care of Florida founder Jacqueline Harris Chiodo. Over a 30-year career, she’s been a senior trust officer for numerous Florida banks.  She’s founded Elder Care of Florida, which provides “fiduciary” safety to Florida seniors. One in five seniors in the state who lost investment money have been defrauded.