NORWICH — The state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday it has ordered all patients to be removed from the Three Rivers Healthcare nursing home following an investigation into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Since July 24, DPH officials said, at least 21 residents and six staff members at the Norwich nursing home were infected with
Last year, I came up from Florida to visit my 85-year-old mother in Middletown and decided it was time to stay. Mom had several strokes a number of years ago. Her right side is paralyzed and she suffers from dementia, which when I visited was getting worse. She kept saying how much she missed me.
Good union home care jobs must be at the center of fixing our nation’s overstretched and underfunded long-term care system and addressing the systemic racism and sexism that devalues essential home care workers. SEIU home care workers and caregiving activists across the country are taking action on Home Care Day 2020 to call on elected
The Department of Public Health continues to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Norwich. According to DPH, as of last Thursday 13 residents and two staff members at Three Rivers Healthcare tested positive for the virus. Several people remain hospitalized and one person has since died. “I know that the infection is
FOX61 has been aggressively covering the story of how COVID-19 has impacted longterm care facilities, their residents and their workers. Now, a new report sheds light on how it got so bad — so fast. Mathematica Policy and Research just released their preliminary report. The firm was paid $450,000 by the state. One legislator said
When prison officials found Daniel Ocasio lifeless on his bunk last week at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center with a COVID-19 mask wrapped around his neck, he became the third incarcerated person to die by suicide in Connecticut this year. Ocasio, 32, had only been at the Montville prison a week when he died, unable to
Broad testing of nursing home staff is considered crucial in stopping COVID. But who will pay for it?
For months, Lurlette Newell avoided hugs from her grandchildren, a heartbreaking ordeal for a woman who loves to show affection. But Newell, a certified nursing assistant at the Westside Care Center in Manchester, knew nursing homes had been hit hard by COVID-19, and she was afraid of infecting her family. “The only thing I could
Gov. Ned Lamont will issue order making it easier for essential workers who contract COVID-19 to collect workers’ compensation
HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday he will soon issue an executive order that will make it easier for frontline workers who contract COVID-19 to qualify for workers’ compensation payments. Lamont initially had not favored a presumption that those types of workers contracted the virus while on the job, but he changed course after
Long-term caregivers keep fighting on the front lines to protect Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. Nursing home workers, home care workers, group home workers and other caregivers in nontraditional settings have risked their lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide essential services for those who need them most. Protecting workers will place Connecticut in
One night in April, after coming off her shift at a Farmington nursing home, Chasity Williams started to feel sick. Her stomach hurt. She had trouble breathing. Her appetite vanished. In the days that followed, she began to vomit and developed cold sweats. “I would wake up and feel like I was dying,” said Williams,