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Pennsylvania, meet Florida.
You’re smaller than Florida, with a population of 12.8 million compared to some 21 million in Florida. And Florida’s population is proportionately older; 20.5 percent of Florida’s residents are over age 65, compared to 18.2 percent in the Keystone State.
Then comes coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Nasty bugger, that.
As of today, Florida has reported 481 deaths in nursing homes and related facilities. Tragic, and the number includes nursing home staff who have also succumbed.
But as of today, Pennsylvania has reported more than 2,700 deaths in nursing homes and related facilities. I do not know if that number includes staff.
Why is that, I wonder? Is it because there are more seniors living in nursing homes in PA than FL? Actually, the numbers are almost identical: 72,000 for Florida, 76,000 for Pennsylvania. So we can eliminate that.
But wait. This story from yesterday outlines how Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Health Department moved COVID-positive nursing home residents into hospitals.
Pennsylvania? Governor Tom Wolf and his Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine (the behavioral kind, not a medical doctor) ordered COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes.
But PA Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, made sure to move her 95-year-old mother out of her nursing home as deaths skyrocketed.
Let all that sink in.Published in