Legislative Watch: Pandemic Spotlights Senior Care Problems

Governing: An estimated 43 percent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. If reducing deaths is a public health priority, these facilities deserve special attention. In one April week in Connecticut, 90 percent of all COVID-19 deaths occurred in nursing homes.

It’s not unexpected that older Americans would be more likely to experience the worst effects of the virus. Higher rates of underlying conditions, compromised immune systems and other health issues are common in this demographic. But it’s also easy to see how living in close proximity to other at-risk seniors is a significant risk factor in itself.

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