1 In 5 Nursing Homes Are Still Underprepared For COVID-19
Written by Site Hub on August 21, 2020
Although the Trump administration had promised that it would help supply nursing homes with enough PPE to make it through the pandemic, reports are saying that 1 in 5 facilities across America are coming up desperately short.
Even though only 1% of the population in the US lives in these homes, they account for 43% of all COVID-19 related deaths, according the the COVID Tracking Project.
According to the President of the John A. Hartford Foundation Terry Fulmer,
“A study that shows that 1 in 5 nursing homes has a severe shortage of PPE and a shortage of staff, and that it did not change from May to July, should be a massive red flag. We have had no coherent federal response.”
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded, saying that the Trump administration
“Has provided nursing homes the tools they need to stop the virus’ spread and, ultimately, each nursing home is responsible for its residents’ safety.”