’Heartbreaking’ report shows virus ravaging NY nursing homes

’Heartbreaking’ report shows virus ravaging NY nursing homes

’Heartbreaking’ report shows virus ravaging NY nursing homes

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today confirmed that a further 44 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died. There are more than 600 nursing homes in New York State.

"Outbreaks are not the result of inattentiveness or a shortcoming in our facilities". A home in Washington state lost 43 residents early in the virus's spread into the country.

It went on to say; "Every effort continues to be implemented to maintain the professional standard of nursing and health care assistant staffing in St Mary's Hospital during this time".

A statement on behalf of Carmel Richmond, which is part of the Archdiocese of New York's "ARCHCARE" health care system, called the release of death statistics a "tremendous disservice to the thousands of dedicated healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line". "Why did nobody tell us?'" she said.

Marylouise McLaws, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of New South Wales, told Al Jazeera the toll on residents of elderly homes globally is "only just coming to light".

"We offer our deepest sympathies to their family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this hard time" according to a statement from the health service. "There is no acceptable explanation for this". Testing for residents and staff remains spotty, at best. It was based on a survey sent by the state asking for details.

In a dramatic scene on Friday, the Italian military blocked off one facility in Rocca di Papa outside of Rome after 118 patients and 30 healthcare workers tested positive for the coronavirus. At least five patients had died there.

A meeting did take place between the Minister and Nursing Homes Ireland last month, "I would hate the idea to think that it was the first engagement".

The state today began identifying some NY nursing homes where residents have died of coronavirus. But he said facilities still desperately need the state's help.

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The first two deaths reported in the USA from the coronavirus were residents at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, an elderly home in Washington state.

Police in New Jersey found 17 bodies in a small morgue in a nursing home, Business Insider previously reported.

While the federal government has not released a national tally, a count by the AP news agency has linked 6,912 coronavirus deaths to nursing homes in the country.

To date, more than 37,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the USA, among 706,700 cases.

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged New York City nursing homes - dozens of elderly patients are dying in many facilities, according to a grim toll released by the state health department on Friday.

A total of 19 homes in New York's report listed 20 deaths or more. "These have been surreal times". In Connecticut, nursing home residents account for 375 of the state's 971 virus deaths.

Officials at several of the nursing homes on the list said they were doing their best, and attributed the high number of deaths to the fragility of their patients and difficulty in keeping the virus out, rather than substandard care. This would allow them to keep their artificially low infection rates and report that the patients who actually succumbed to COVID-19 died from other causes. "So the number will never be ideal for how many of them died from COVID-19", she said.

"Many of these deaths will not have a forensic investigation to identify actually how they did die".

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