At least 32 people associated with OR senior care homes have died from the new coronavirus - making up the majority of the state's death toll from the disease, according a state list released Tuesday, April 14.
Only those with a number will be referred to drive-thru testing sites, state health officials said.
Simon Harris has thanked the dedication of health professionals and says the figures should encourage us to stay the course.
Such an action by the agencies that oversee the nation's 15,000 nursing homes is seen as long overdue, coming more than a month after a nursing home in Washington state became the first COVID-19 hot spot in the US with an outbreak that ultimately killed 43 people and a near-daily drumbeat of new cases that in some cases has forced entire homes to be evacuated.
Family members can also ask about what the home is doing to prevent infections, if the staff has the personal protective equipment they need, what the facility is doing to help residents stay connected with loved ones since visitation at homes has been halted, how does the home plan to communicate information to both residents and families regularly and if the facility now has adequate staffing.
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In Rhode Island, one factor has been involved with most of the state's coronavirus deaths: nursing homes.
An agreement has been reached between unions and the Health Service Executive to allow healthcare staff to be redeployed into private nursing homes during the Covid-19 emergency.
Aggarwal said that a total of 602 hospitals have been earmarked as dedicated coronavirus facilities and they have a capacity of 1,06,719 beds as well as 12,024 ICU beds that have been reserved for such patients in the country. He said: 'Elderly and vulnerable residents face a death sentence because staff lack personal protective equipment'.
Some family members of nursing home residents have been baffled by the response.