“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” -Pearl Buck (1892-1973)
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health published stats on their COVID-19 deaths as of April 10, 2020:
- 599 total deaths
- 247 deaths “reported in long-term care facilities”
- 247 is 41% of total deaths
Colorado, as of April 5, reported that 39% of their total COVID-19 deceased patients had been living in nursing homes or residential healthcare facilities. Specifically, 55 deaths of the 140 total.
Colorado Public Radio apparently obtained more current data, reporting that 81 of Colorado’s 250 COVID-19 deaths were linked to elder care facilities. Eighty-one is 31% of the total deaths.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure that elder care facilities are populated overwhelmingly by folks a high risk for serious COVID-19. I fully expect that good facilities are redoubling their infection control efforts.
The first (?) outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. was in a care facility in Kirkland, WA, near Seattle. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given the facility until Sept 16 (sic) to resolve their deficiencies.
Steve Parker, M.D.