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There is a very interesting story on my favorite KOMO Web site today. It seems that the Feds have figured out what happened to infect so many elderly patients at multiple long-term-care facilities in the Seattle area. They discovered that staff members were not only working while sick, they were working at multiple facilities, thus carrying the virus from one nursing home to another.
Now, it is well-known that infection control is often substandard at nursing homes, and that they sometimes lack sufficient quantities of personal protective devices and equipment for staff. That, plus the fact that many nurses and aides actually work at more than one institution to make ends meet, combined to deadly effect in this new outbreak of a highly-contagious new viral disease.
With the Washington State death toll over 65, a fairly high percentage of those deaths are nursing-home patients. What a shame.Published in