Greater monitoring of Covid-19 impact on nursing homes

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Nationwide, the true toll among the 1 million mostly frail and elderly people who live in long-term care facilities is likely much higher, experts say, because most state counts don't include those who died without ever being tested for COVID-19.

"When looking at data for England, this is 15% higher than the NHS numbers as they include all mentions of Covid-19 on the death certificate, including suspected Covid-19, as well as deaths in the community".

Eighty-three residents of the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, California, were evacuated on April 8 when the facility became overrun with five staff and one third of those living there testing positive for the coronavirus.

The 55 residents who have contracted COVID-19 represent more than half of the 101 people who called Anson Place home before the pandemic.

"This will allow us to fully understand the current outbreak to better manage it appropriately", Roth said. The facility monitors all residents and staff for symptoms.

Almonte Country Haven's administrator, Carolyn Della Foresta, in a statement, suggested that the home assesses each case as it comes, based on which families had indicated a wish to send their loved ones to hospital in a medical emergency, something Cox said she had done.

Anybody whose death certificate mentions Covid-19, including suspected Covid-19, who died in England and Wales - either in hospital or in the wider community.

Samples for 30,730 people have tested negative for COVID-19 in the state so far.

ODPs are strongly encouraged to self-isolate themselves or admit to hospitals that treat possible coronavirus cases.

He explained: "One of the things we did look at was the importance of maybe moving to try to do some sampling work in other nursing home settings that haven't identified clusters, so that we can maybe proactively begin to identify if this virus is in other settings".

"Our hospital remains safe. We are grateful for the commitment of our front-line health-care workers through this pandemic". In addition, residents that leave those facilities to be hospitalized for coronavirus treatment will not return to those facilities when they are discharged. If residents have general questions about COVID-19 or if they think they need to be tested for it, they should call United Way of the Plains at 211.

There are around 17,000 care and nursing homes in England, according to media reports - pointing to nearly 2,300 homes affected.

As with all diseases, Sedgwick County investigates reports of COVID-19 in facilities.

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