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Coronavirus Reaches 25% of New York and New Jersey Nursing Homes

As of March 30, 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal, New York’s nursing homes had more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus. The residents who died make up about 15% of the state’s total Covid-19 deaths. Let’s break down the statistics:

  • There have been 1,054 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at 155 nursing homes. 
  • The virus has reached approximately 25% of the more than 600 nursing homes throughout New York. 
  • As of March 30, 2020, New York State had 66,000 cases of Covid-19. 1,218 people had died, including 177 nursing home residents.

As we previously reported, nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable to coronavirus. The average age of nursing home residents in New York is 83, and most have serious underlying health problems. Infection control can help slow the spread, protecting these vulnerable residents. However, the nursing home industry’s poor record of infection control is a cause for alarm. Under normal conditions, nursing homes have been historically ill-prepared to manage infections. 61% of nursing homes have been cited for infection control deficiencies, and the coronavirus crisis is likely to strain the system even further.

On March 25, 2020, the New York State Department of Health told nursing home operators that they will be forced to take back nursing home residents with coronavirus once they are discharged from hospitals, as overcrowded hospitals face dwindling resources. The New York State Department of Health said, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Covid-19.” Opponents of this measure say that this policy will only lead to more infections in nursing homes. AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA), opposes this measure. The group represents physicians working in nursing homes. 

New Jersey’s nursing homes are also being hard-hit by the coronavirus. On April 2, 2020, an early-morning report fresh off the Associated Press wire stated that coronavirus has reached one-quarter of New Jersey’s nursing homes. The virus has infiltrated 93 of New Jersey’s 375 nursing homes. New Jersey has thus far seen 22,000 cases of the coronavirus, and 355 individuals in New Jersey have died from the coronavirus. Of those deaths, 20% were New Jersey nursing home residents.

In an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, New Jersey has issued an executive order making it easier for nursing staff with out-of-state licenses to work in overburdened facilities. 

As the number of coronavirus cases multiples rapidly and as Covid-19 spreads throughout all sectors of society, it can be difficult to keep up with the numbers. But one thing is certain: nursing home residents represent one of the most vulnerable, if not the most vulnerable, population when it comes to this virus. Nursing homes must do everything in their power to protect them. If you believe that your loved one’s nursing home has failed them, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. Call (877) 238-4175 or email info@fkesq.com for your free case consultation.