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Nursing home deaths soar past 3,600 in alarming surge

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 3,600 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks, according to the latest count by The Associated Press.

Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, the 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 AP has kept its own running tally based on media reports and state health departments. The latest count of at least 3,621 deaths is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago.

But the true toll among the 1 million mostly frail and elderly people who live in such facilities is likely much higher, experts say, because most state counts don’t include those who died without ever being tested for 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 COVID-19.

Outbreaks in just the past few weeks have included one at a nursing home in suburban Richmond, Virginia, that has killed 42 and infected more than 100, another at nursing home in central Indiana that has killed 24 and infected 16, and one at a veteran’s home in Holyoke, Mass., that has killed 38, infected 88 and prompted a federal investigation. This comes weeks after an outbreak at a nursing home in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland that has so far claimed 43 lives.

And those are just the outbreaks we know about. Most states provide only total numbers of nursing home deaths and don’t give details of specific outbreaks. Notable among them is the nation’s leader, New York, which accounts for 1,880 nursing home deaths out of about 96,000 total residents but has so far declined to detail specific outbreaks, citing privacy concerns.

Experts say nursing home deaths may keep climbing because of chronic staffing shortages that have been made worse by the coronavirus crisis, a shortage of protective supplies and a continued lack of available testing.

And 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 the deaths have skyrocketed despite steps taken by the federal government in mid-March to bar visitors, cease all group activities, and require that every worker be screened for fever or respiratory symptoms at every shift.

But an AP report earlier this month found that infections were continuing to find their way into nursing homes because such screenings didn’t catch people who were infected but asymptomatic. Several large outbreaks were blamed on such spreaders, including infected health workers who worked at several different nursing home facilities.

This past week, the federal Centers for Medicare and 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 Medicaid Services that regulates nursing homes issued recommendations urging nursing homes to use separate staffing teams for residents, and to designate separate facilities within nursing homes to keep COVID-19 positive residents away from those who have tested negative.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who leads the White House coronavirus response, suggested this past week that as more COVID-19 tests become available, nursing homes should be a top priority.

“We need to really ensure that nursing homes have sentinel surveillance. And what do I mean by that? That we’re actively testing in nursing homes, both the residents and the workers, at all times,” Birx said.

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H-E-B president urges customers to not bring their entire family to the grocery store

H-E-B President Scott McClelland is asking customers to not bring their entire family to the grocery stores to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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H-E-B is asking its customers to not bring their entire family to the grocery stores to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

H-E-B President Scott McClelland told mySA.com it makes it easier to follow social distancing measures while shopping when only one person of a household goes grocery shopping.

"Typically, there’s nothing we like better than having a lot of people in the store," he said. "For now, our top priority is keeping our customers and our partners safe.”

Grocery stores remain open during stay-at-home orders because they are 您可以找到多篇文章回顾外汇经纪人 considered essential businesses.

H-E-B has received praise and was featured in Texas Monthly for its handling the surge of shoppers clearing out shelves daily during the pandemic.

Priscilla Aguirre is a breaking news reporter and general assignment writer. Read her on our breaking news site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre