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COVID-19 Continues To Hit Connecticut's Nursing Home Population Hard

Apr 17, 2020

Many elderly residents depend on skilled nursing care. But as the number of cases of COVID-19 grow across the state, families are increasingly worried about their loved ones in facilities. Older adults are most vulnerable to the coronavirus, and in Connecticut, nearly 4 in 10 deaths from COVID-19 are people in nursing homes.

This hour, we take a look at the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut’s nursing homes. We talk about the state’s latest plans to try to mitigate the spread of the disease, and hear about the impact of the pandemic on residents and staff.

Do you have a family member in a skilled nursing facility? Or are you a staff member at a nursing home?

GUESTS:

  • Jenna Carlesso - Health reporter for CT Mirror
  • Matt Barrett - President and CEO of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities
  • Rob Baril - President of the SEIU 1199NE union, which represents over 6000 workers at nursing home facilities in Connecticut
  • Rhoda Lawrence – LPN at Bidwell Health Care Center in Manchester
  • Mairead Painter - Connecticut State Long Term Care Ombudsman