The president of the local union that represents nursing home workers said the state has treated them as if they “were invisible” as the deaths mounted in facilities across the state and that new laws are needed to protect them if the coronavirus were to return. During a conference call to discuss possible legislation that
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More than three months after a nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., became the center of the country’s first coronavirus outbreak, a majority of nursing home workers believe they’re risking their lives on the job and that their employers are not doing enough to protect them from the virus, according to a new union survey. Most nursing home workers say
Renee Morgan, a housekeeper at a nursing home in St. Louis, caught Covid-19 in late April and considered herself lucky. Her case was mild. Her quarantine wasn’t. Morgan, 57, was stunned to learn that her employer, Blue Circle Rehab and Nursing, would not give her sick pay while she was out. She’s had to figure
Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.
On Dec. 15, 2016, the nation’s largest nursing home lobby wrote a letter to Donald Trump, congratulating the president-elect and urging him to roll back new regulations on the long-term care industry. One item on the wish list was a recently issued emergency preparedness rule. It required nursing homes to draw up plans for hazards
Federal workplace safety inspectors are investigating the death or hospitalization of at least three Connecticut elder care workers due to complications from COVID-19. The investigations come as union officials say at least six unionized nursing home employees have died from coronavirus. Since late April, the federal Department of Labor has opened investigations at three elder
‘We’re essential workers and we’re hurting right now’: Coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on nursing home employees
With the coronavirus tearing through the Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford, Cassondra Diaz was careful to take precautions. She always wore a mask, even though she worked as a bookkeeper in the front office, not providing direct care to patients. Every night, when she returned home to her New Britain apartment, she sprayed down
Nursing home workers lined the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding PPE. They say their companies are not providing enough of it and want the state to step in. The Grimes Center Currently has 31 percent of their residents currently diagnosed with COVID-19. Like many other nursing homes and long term care facilities across
The US nursing home industry is clamoring for legal immunity during the coronavirus pandemic, even as horror stories from hard-hit facilities enrage families, consumer advocates and the American public. Healthcare organizations insist liability protections are essential for under-resourced nursing homes fighting against Covid-19, while an already staggering death toll continues to climb. Tricia Neuman, senior vice-president of
Widespread testing at nursing homes across Connecticut has begun, part of a push by Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to curb the spread of COVID-19 among one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. But operators at some of the homes said Tuesday that while all residents are being tested, staff members are not. That has raised concerns about