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  • Des 08, 2019

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A staff member at the Seattle-area nursing homes overrun by COVID-19 deployment coronavirus other facilities in which they work, the investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.

said that on March 9, the CDC confirmed 129 COVID 19 cases among those associated with. , Comprising 81 residents, 34 staff members and 14 visitors

Separately Wednesday, public health officials reported five deaths are more related to the facility, so that the number of deceased 35 – more than half the state of Washington ‘s Total unknown of 66.

‘Limitations in effective infection control and prevention, and staff members who work at the facilities contribute to intra- and interfacility spread,’ said the CDC report.

The report urged the immediate work to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.

“long term care facilities should take proactive measures to protect the health of citizens and preserve the health workforce by identifying and excluding members of staff potentially infected and visitors, ensure early recognition of patients potentially infected, and implementing measures proper infection control-step, “he said.

of, one of the visitors and the rest is patient.

elderly a lot of long-term care residents fac ility, their health conditions and their proximity to one another put them at risk of illness and death, the report said.

Life Care residents infected by the virus ranges between 54 to 100 years, with an average age of 81.

“substantial morbidity and mortality may be avoided if all long-term care facilities take measures current measures to prevent exposure of their citizens to COVID-19, “the report said.

Infected workers lived Care range from 22 to 79 years.

A spokesman for the nursing home said Wednesday that managers welcomed the CDC report, because it could remind other facilities and lead to new guidelines.

“For us it is all positive, even if there are things that they found out that we could have done better,” said Timothy Killian, a crisis communication expert, on behalf of Life Care.

He said that two or three days after the outbreak was found, staff members are prohibited from working at other facilities.

“as soon as we got the idea that this is something that should not be done, we quit,” he said.

Killian said bahwa’itu is relatively umum’bagi practice nurses to work in some long-term care facilities.

Dr. Michael Wasserman, president of the California Assn. Long Term Care Medicine, said that low wages in nursing homes and assisted-living center of forcing staff to work at the facilities. Certified nursing assistants often make no more than minimum wage, and nurses typically receive less than they do in the hospital.

In addition, a sense of duty and financial stress can tempt employees to, endanger the elderly people who have underlying health conditions.

“This is just the beginning, and there will be more Kirklands,” said Wasserman, a chief executive officer geriatrician and former Rockport Healthcare Services, a California chain of more than 70 nursing homes.

“you took a deadly virus, and if it goes into a nursing home setting, where staff are not trained to address it, this is what you get. The majority of nursing homes in the country is not ready. “

Kirkland nursing home is a subsidiary of Life Care Centers of America, a company with more than 200 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer senior living campus and in 28 countries. With over $ 3 billion in annual revenue, a private company based in Cleveland, Tenn., Has about 40,000 employees.

On March 12, the company posted a statement on its website saying that the security of citizens is a top priority and that the temperature of each employee was taken after arriving at work.

“If they have a fever above 100.4, we send them home and ask them to visit their personal physician,” the statement said. It is said to meet the policy guidelines from the CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

On Wednesday, the updated policy on the website says that all visitors, healthcare personnel are not important and vendors have been banned from entering. chain facilities

Kirkland facilities CDC investigation found that the infected health care workers have a variety of jobs: doctors, nurses, nursing Assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapist assistants, environmental care workers, health information officer and case manager.

The CDC conducted an investigation with the Health institutions Seattle & King County and EvergreenHealth, a medical center that treated most of the hospitalized patients from nursing homes.

According to the report, outbreaks of respiratory disease began in mid-February. But some residents test negative.

COVID-19 found 28 Feb in 73-year-old with underlying health conditions. He had been hospitalized four days earlier because of worsening respiratory symptoms.

After the outbreak was discovered, researchers emailed about 100 long-term care facilities in King County to check out the other clusters of the disease and the nursing home visit with suspected outbreak of conduct emergency tests for the virus, the report said.

“on March 9 at least eight other King County skilled nursing and assisted living facilities have reported one or more confirmed COVID-19 cases,” the report said.

Some of the conditions may be, the inquiry found.

members of staff working in more than one facility. Staff work while the symptoms. Workers are not familiar with standard precautions regarding droplets of patient, contacts and eye surface. The facility has an inadequate supply of personal protective equipment and other items such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And a limited supply of test kits.

“The findings in this report indicate that once COVID-19 has been introduced into the long-term care facilities, it has the potential to produce a high attack rate among residents, staff members and visitors,” the report said.

The report said that since the outbreak was discovered, authorities in Washington state announced new requirements for long-term care facilities, including a health screening for staff members and visitors, whose presence has been limited.

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