As the number of cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus, continues to grow, so does the concern of transmission within nursing homes and assisted living centers in Connecticut – and for good reason. While some care facilities are reporting cases of healthcare workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have decided to self-quarantine, others are not. Unfortunately, reporting of this has not been made mandatory in CT.
Failure to Keep Residents Safe
Sadly, we are seeing the impact of nursing homes that fail to take the proper safety measures to keep residents safe. In Stafford Springs, Evergreen Health Care Center has had the most reported cases of coronavirus at such a state facility, with three workers testing positive and another 14 sent home for potential exposure. As of March 26, two former residents have died, while another five tested positive.
After 37 people died and more than 80 residents tested positive for the virus at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, it is concerning that the state of Connecticut has not made it mandatory to report worker illnesses.
Although some facilities have taken important steps to reduce the likelihood of transmission, such as taking workers’ temperatures, banning visitation, and eliminating communal activities, unfortunately, some have not. Considering that our elderly population is one of the most vulnerable to this illness, a failure to take these steps is negligent.
Carter Mario is Here to Help You
Carter Mario remains deeply committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of our elderly population. If you suspect that a loved one’s nursing home or care facility has been or is being negligent, it is essential that you have such behavior corrected and hold those responsible accountable. If we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call us at (203) 806-9256.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.