The vulnerability of nursing home residents in this crisis was so clearly foreseeable - 2020-04-14

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F347.png The vulnerability of nursing home residents in this crisis was so clearly foreseeable April 14, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

The 2,200 nursing home COVID-19-related deaths (in NYS — 1,344 in NYC) include only those who have tested positive. But nursing home operators say they don't have testing capabilities, so that 2,200 figure only accounts for the residents who were moved to hospitals. If you die at the nursing home, which is evidently happening in big numbers, your cause of death isn't COVID-19, at least until a medical examiner or funeral director can get to you, which isn't happening anytime soon, with deaths bottlenecking.

Governor Cuomo isn't releasing the full data that would help clarify the true, possibly far grimmer picture, citing privacy concerns, which is bullshit-ese for avoiding political embarrassment.

But it seems like a better mitigation strategy would have seen New York state or even federal guidelines mandating that nursing home staff be outfitted with the same PPE hospitals receive (and yeah, I know hospitals are having a hard enough time, but that's a whole other discussion). Because it seems less likely that nursing home residents are transmitting the virus to each other as it seems like staff is serving as vectors between the residents — staff are also getting the virus at alarming rates.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = The vulnerability of nursing home residents in this crisis was so clearly foreseeable | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/04/14/the-vulnerability-of-nursing-home-residents-in-this-crisis-was-so-clearly-foreseeable/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 14, 2020 | accessdate = April 16, 2020 }}