COVID-19 cases up in state long-term care centers, data shows – WESH 2 Orlando

COVID-19 cases up in state long-term care centers, data shows

INVESTIGATING IT AS A HOMICIDE. WH ILE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN FLORIDA HAVE BEEN GOING DOWN, THAT’S NOT THE CASE EVERYWHERE IN THE STATE. LONG TERM CARE CENTERS ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN CASES AND DEATHS IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS. TO DATE, 11,530 DEATHS HAVE OCCURED IN NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. THAT’S NEARLY A THIRD OF THE NEARLY 37,000 DEATHS ACROSS ETH STATE. WESH 2’S GREG FOX EXPLAINS WHY WE’RE SEEING A JUMP IN CAS. >> JUST THE PHYSICAL CONTACT AND PEOPLE HAVING TO WAIVE THROUGH A WINDOW. GREG: MARJORIE HEITZHAUS SWA THRILLED TO HAVE HER FAMILY VISIT HER AT THE GARDENS AT DEPUGH NURSING HOME, FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST SEPTEMR.BE WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER DAUGHTER DARLENE ON HER LATEST VISIT. SHE DOESN’T LIKE THAT HOURS AND DAYS ARE STILL RESTRICD.TE >> A LOT OF THEM ARE VACCINATED AND THEY WANT THEIR FALYMI MEMBERS BACK IN HERE ON A REGULAR BASIS, NOT A RESTRICTED BASIS. GREG: ACCORDING TO AARP’S NURSING HOME COVID-19 DASHBOARD, THERE IS GOOD REASON FOR THAT. IT SHOWS CORONAVIRUS CASES GRADUALLY RISI.NG IN A FOUR WEEK PERIOD ENDING IN THERE WERE .4 CASES PER 0 10LONG APRIL, TERM CARE RESIDENTS IN FLORIDA. IN MAY? IT WAS UP TO6. . DEATHS PER 100 RESIDENTS IN APRIL STOOD AT .06. IN MAY? UP AGAIN, TO .07. NOT ONLY ARE CASES OF COVID-19 AMONG RESIDENTS IN LONG-TERM CARE CENTERS IN FLORIDA ON THE RISE, NEARLY 50% OF THESE FACILITIES ARE REPORTING THAT STAFF ARE GETTING INFECTED WITH COVID-19. AARP SAYS FLORIDA IS THE FOURTH WORST IN THE NATION IN GETTING LONG TERM CARE STAFF AND RESIDENTS TO ACCT EPSHOTS. >> IT ONLY TAKES ONE CASE FROM A STAFF MEMBER WHO IS SEEING DOZENS OF DIFFERENT RESIDENTS WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE VACCINATED FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS FOR THIS TO BECOME A REALLY HUGE PROBM.LE GREG:HE T GARDENS AT DEPUGH HAD NO COVID CASES UNTIL MAY, WHEN THREE RESIDENTS AND FIVE STAFFERS TESTED POSITIVE. IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WORSE, HAD THE CENTER NOT OFFERED BONUSES TO WORKERS WHO GOT VACCINATED. >> WE WERE FORTUNATE THAT 92% OF THE STF AFAND 92% OF THE RESIDENTS ARE VACCINATED. AND I THINK THAT GREATLY HELPED. GREG: RESIDENTS LIKE DAVID PLANK TELL US, HE DOESN’T LIKE THE CONTINUED TESTING AND RECENT QUARANTINE, BUT HE KNOWS IT’S FOR HIS SAFE.TY >> I FEEL OK ABOUT IT, BEING UNDER SCRUTI.NY THAT WAY, I WON’T COME IN CONTACT WITH THE VIRUS. GREG: IN ORANGE COUNTY, GREG FOX, WESH 2 NEWS. STEWART: AARP IS NOT HAPPY THAT THE STATE, EARLIER THIS MONTH, STOPPED REPORTING NURSING HOME COVID-19 CASE INFORMATION IN ITS WEEKLY REPORT. WE’RE REACHING OUT TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND HEALTH DERTPAMENTFF

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COVID-19 cases up in state long-term care centers, data shows

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in state long-term care centers.According to AARP, in a four-week period ending in April, there were .4 cases per 100 long-term care residents. In May, it was up to .6 and deaths are up slightly, as well.AARP says the reason is that only half of the state’s nursing home and assisted living facility staff members have gotten vaccinated. That’s part of the reason general visitation at long-term care centers is still restricted, which is frustrating for residents and their families.The Gardens At DePugh, a long-term care center in Winter Park, had no COVID-19 cases until May 21, when three residents and five staffers tested positive. It could have been worse, some say, if the center had not offered bonuses to workers who got vaccinated.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in state long-term care centers.

According to AARP, in a four-week period ending in April, there were .4 cases per 100 long-term care residents.

In May, it was up to .6 and deaths are up slightly, as well.

AARP says the reason is that only half of the state’s nursing home and assisted living facility staff members have gotten vaccinated. That’s part of the reason general visitation at long-term care centers is still restricted, which is frustrating for residents and their families.

The Gardens At DePugh, a long-term care center in Winter Park, had no COVID-19 cases until May 21, when three residents and five staffers tested positive.

It could have been worse, some say, if the center had not offered bonuses to workers who got vaccinated.