Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the epidemic’s victims have been in long-term care facilities.

We know already that mistakes were made in how nursing home patients were handled. New York was a leading offender.

There, according to The Associated Press, more than 4,500 people recovering from COVID-19 after hospital stays were sent to nursing homes. How many new cases that resulted in can only be speculated, though the number must have been enormous.

It is for New Yorkers to determine whether alternatives were available. Some argue there was no alternative, in view of the state’s overtaxed hospitals and other health care facilities.

Some governors recognized the threat in time to save lives. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump urged that staff members and residents in all nursing homes should be tested for COVID-19. As The Associated Press reports, at least half the states will not be able to accomplish that. Some “aren’t even bothering to try,” the AP noted.

Only a few states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, had completed testing by Sunday. West Virginia stands out because its governor, Jim Justice, ordered testing of all nursing home residents and staff prior to the president’s recommendation. That probably saved lives.

COVID-19 seems to be winding down in many areas of the country. It remains a serious threat to older people, however. States where testing in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has not been completed should redouble efforts to do so. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives could be saved.

(17) comments

woke-unicorn

Whats Covid? Apparently its mass conspiracy of wh1te police that are the latest farce

Spock Here

Nursing homes are petri dishes for contagion, much like cruise ships. And yes, mistakes in sending active cases back was a huge mistake. I'd like to know what the alternative was, however. At lease NY seems to have learned from its mistake, that's a good thing.

Conservative

Defend Cuomo and other libs for their screwups, criticize Trump. That's all you do. Serious TDS.[rolleyes]

Spock Here

I said "huge mistake" People make them. Just not every dam day

Bernie Mac

What a colossal hypocrite you are! If Trump had made this "huge mistake" you would be screaming for his execution. Not much I despise more than a hypocrite.

Spock Here

Trump has made more than "one" huge mistake, not only with this plague, but over the past several years. I have yet to call for his execution. So kindly stuff your 'hypocrisy' yammer

Bernie Mac

No mistake by Trump ever resulted in the death of thousands of people. But don't let that get in the way of your disingenuous response. Why start now.

Spock Here

The "buck" stops with the guy in charge, just like with the NY Gov. 100,000 dead citizens because of incompetence. Please stop with your misplaced outrage

Ali

It’s killed more than half its toll outside of long care facilities.

Conservative

In 2018, cancer killed 598,204 people in the United States alone.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/cancer_mortality/cancer.htm

Spock Here

Cancer isn't highly contagious, we know many steps to take to avoid it and to treat it, and it isn't new. And we pour billions of dollars into research. Why do you insist on looking so dull?

Conservative

Yet it kills more than 5 times as many people as the china virus has every year. Why do you insist on ignoring facts that don't fit the establishment's narrative? I'm choosing to enjoy life and not live in fear of something a vile little t*rd world country let loose on purpose.

Ali

Stop with the apples and oranges comparisons, Con. It only makes you look dumb.

Bernie Mac

We cannot trust the numbers from the CDC. They are counting everything as a coronavirus death.

Ali

Take off your tin foil hat and you want look so foolish.

Bernie Mac

It's a miracle! Heart attack deaths are down 50%. Covid-19 cures heart disease. It's a miracle!

Ali

What is a miracle is that you think you make any sense at all beyond the orangebots who engage in your groupthink.

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