Out of more than 89,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the United States, over 28,000 are connected to nursing homes, CBS News has confirmed. And a lack of staff at these facilities may have made the problem worse.


Lisa Cook’s husband Bruce, who suffered two strokes, is recovering at the Stoney Point Healthcare Center near Los Angeles.

“I feel like I’m lying to him when I tell him I’m going to see him soon,” Cook told CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti. “I have to say that to him, so he doesn’t give up.”

Before coronavirus, Cook said Bruce had made progress through months of speech and physical therapy. She is now worried he’s declining and she’s concerned about his care.

“The actual caregivers there are my angels, I call them,” Cook said. “But they don’t have time to look after him the way, you know, I mean, they don’t have the time. Bruce is absolutely at their mercy.”

At least 14 Stoney Point residents and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform filed a complaint with the state about conditions at the facility during the outbreak.

A report issued by the California Department of Public Health found a deficiency in “infection prevention and control,” including a nurse entering a resident’s “isolation room without wearing PPE” and then grabbing a cart without cleaning his or her hands.

“It makes me mad and it makes me scared because that’s unacceptable,” Cook said. “But I know, it probably happens because they’re overworked and understaffed.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Stoney Point a below-average rating for staffing.


Source: CBS News

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