IMBY NOTE: Pine Haven and Barnwell, the sites of the nursing home outbreaks in Columbia County were among the ten nursing homes evaluated.
“While much attention has been paid in recent weeks to a state directive that may have helped fuel the coronavirus crisis in New York’s nursing homes, advocates contend that longstanding issues at these facilities similar to those alleged by Delarm played a role as well.
” ‘Obviously nursing home residents are a demographic that is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,; said Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for safer nursing homes. ‘But the lack of sufficient staff in nursing homes on a regular basis, the lack of providing basic infection control and prevention, and other failures in care that have persisted in our nursing homes for years undoubtedly exacerbated the situation.’
“A Times Union review of 10 nursing homes in the Capital Region with the largest or deadliest known coronavirus outbreaks found many have struggled to maintain adequate staffing and were cited for infection control violations over the years.”
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