Nursing Homes Must Be Held Accountable For Neglect
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The coronavirus has impacted almost everyone in the United States. Tens of thousands of people have died. Many of the coronavirus deaths occurred in nursing homes. New York has been the epicenter of the pandemic and thousands of New Yorkers have died in nursing homes.
Nursing homes have become a war zone for our most at-risk populations. Infections and resulting death rates have been concentrated in these healthcare facilities meant to keep our loved ones safe.
It is becoming more and more clear that the very nursing homes that were supposed to look after our parents and grandparents were negligent in their staffing, preparedness, response, and advertised level of care. Nursing homes should have at least been prepared to keep people safe if they sheltered in place at their residence, not increase the likelihood of their death.
For this highly contagious virus, nursing homes became a breeding ground.
Why act now?
The New York Times reports that as of May, nearly 30,000 nursing home residents and staffers nationwide, including around 5,000 residents in New York State alone, have died from COVID-19. The NY Daily News identified about 100 deaths at just a sin