Outbreaks in Nursing Homes Expose Chronic Industry Problems

A recent news article by AP News stated that coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes throughout Washington, Illinois, New Jersey and elsewhere are laying bare the industry’s long-running problems. The issues in question include a struggle to control infections, as well as the staffing crisis that relies on poorly paid aides who can’t afford to stay at home while sick.

These issues came into focus at the deadliest single spot in the nation’s coronavirus crisis, the Life Care Center in the Washington suburb of Kirkland, in the Seattle area, where federal investigators believe a contributing factor in 35 deaths so far was low-pay workers who came to work with the illness and potentially even spread it to other nearby facilities where they took shifts.

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