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Nursing Homes and COVID-19 

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As the number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased over the last few weeks, we have learned that long term care facilities, including nursing homes, have been hit the hardest.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Administrator Seema Verma has said, “Nursing homes have been ground zero for COVID-19.”  Because of the large amount of COVID-19 cases at nursing homes, CMS announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities.   You can learn more about CMS efforts to track COVID-19 in nursing homes by visiting: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-announces-new-nursing-homes-covid-19-transparency-effort

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (“CDC”) has issued key strategies for long term care facilities, such as nursing homes.  The CDC has said that facilities must act immediately to protect residents, families, and staff from serious illness, complications, and death. Strategies include keeping COVID-19 from entering the facility, identifying infections early and identifying and managing severe illness.  You can learn more about CDC efforts to protect long term care facility residents by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/long-term-care.html

In Delaware, as of April 19, 2020, the Delaware Division of Public Health, announced that here have been 167 positive COVID-19 cases involving residents of long-term care facilities.  Forty-two residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:

  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare (14)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
  • Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (5)
  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center (2)
  • Governor Bacon Health Center (1)
  • Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (2)
  • Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
  • Two other Sussex County long-term care facilities (2 death)

If you have concerns about the treatment of a family member or loved one residing in a nursing home, or if you are an employee of a nursing home concerned about your work conditions, please contact the Wilmington nursing home abuse lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow for more information. In these difficult times, our team is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured and their families. For a free consultation, call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online today. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.

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