There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven devastating to millions across the country. But while the virus has proven dangerous to all, it has proven deadly for many nursing home residents.
Cases of coronavirus have hit nursing homes and assisted living centers hard. Although nursing home residents make up just 11 percent of cases, they account for one-third of all deaths.
Nursing Home Residents Account for Majority of State Deaths
According to the Department of Health, statistics show that nursing home residents make up the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio. As of the middle of May the state of Ohio’s nursing homes accounted for 21 percent of all state COVID-19 deaths. As of May 8, 4,091 residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 499 have died since April 15.
This is likely because most residents fall into the two most vulnerable categories:
- Individuals over the age of 65; and
- Individuals with co-morbidities/existing health conditions.
When you combine these two factors with the fact that residents reside within close proximity of one another, it makes for an extremely susceptible population of individuals.
Taking Precautionary Measures
This has caused these facilities to introduce increased precautionary measures such as:
- Banning visitation;
- Eliminating community activities; and
- Taking workers’ temperatures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its own considerations for the public heath response to COVID-19.
However, while some facilities have taken the safety of their residents quite seriously, others have failed to take proactive steps or to event report the cases of the virus that they are experiencing. In fact, 1,814 nursing home staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
Since this population is at a heightened risk for complications due to the coronavirus, failing to take precautionary steps can be considered negligence.
When nursing home facilities and the like fail to report this information, it increases the risk of exposure. Unfortunately, we are seeing the results of nursing homes that don’t take proper safety measures to keep their staff and their residents safe.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured Due to Nursing Home Negligence
If you or a loved one has been the subject of nursing home negligence, it can prove overwhelming – and sometimes even life-threatening. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of dealing with the virus can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Nursing Home Negligence Attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence attorneys have a long history of helping to protect the rights of our elderly community. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!