New Reports Show COVID-19 Impact on North Carolina Nursing Homes
The Coronavirus pandemic has strained resources in assisted living and long-term care facilities across the country. In North Carolina, new data released by health officials show the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes across the state. Unfortunately, inadequate staffing, improper sanitation procedures, and other factors may put nursing home residents at risk during COVID-19. Fortunately, even during a pandemic, residents and their families may still be able to hold negligent parties accountable for mistreatment.
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
On April 27, North Carolina Health Director Dr. Mandy Cohen released information on confirmed Coronavirus cases in group living facilities across the state. The new data includes the names and number of confirmed cases in facilities where multiple COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. Some centers with the highest reports of COVID-19 include The Citadel at Salisbury and the PruittHealth-Carolina Point facility in Orange County. Many North Carolina nursing homes with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have also been found to have a history of inadequate staffing.
Regulations and Recommendations from Health Officials
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that older adults and those with certain medical conditions may be at a higher risk for developing health complications from COVID-19. Some senior living facility recommendations from the CDC include restricting visitors, limiting recreational activities, and regularly screen healthcare workers for Coronavirus symptoms.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has also imposed several additional public health requirements on nursing homes during the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes taking the temperature of employees and other personnel whenever they enter a facility, closely monitoring residents for COVID-19 symptoms, and requiring protective equipment.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
Whenever an elderly loved one is injured due to another’s negligence or malicious intent, you may be able to pursue legal action and bring the responsible parties to justice. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer from the Whitley Law Firm could examine the specifics of your case and guide you through your legal options. Call today to schedule a consultation.