'It matters': Nurse asks to work 60-hour weeks to help COVID-19 patients
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The middle-aged man lay dying of COVID-19 in the intensive care unit, only moments from his last, shallow breath. The ventilator was removed. His brain had already been hit by blood clots caused by the coronavirus during respiratory failure.Sarah Kiehl stood at his bedside, her face and head beneath a plastic hood, her hands and entire body shrouded in protective gear.In her six years at Truman Medical Center, three in the ICU, the 28-year-old nurse has witnessed deaths from shootings, stabbings, car accidents, end-stage cancers. In all those cases, relatives were in the roo...
The Kansas City Star
Nursing home residents account for 1 in 4 COVID deaths in Michigan
DETROIT — At least one in four coronavirus deaths in Michigan have been residents of nursing homes, according to preliminary state data.The head of the state Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers this week that 1,216 deaths in Michigan — 23% of deaths in the state through Tuesday — have been attributed to nursing home residents.Nursing home facilities have had at least 4,920 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or 9% of the state’s total caseload. The release of the data came as Republican lawmakers have criticized Whitmer administration policies about COVID-19 and nursing homes.State...
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Kaiser's virus patients needed more intense care than ones in China, study finds
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As health experts in the U.S. planned for a surge in coronavirus patients earlier this spring, they relied on data from China and elsewhere to estimate everything from how many hospital beds would be needed to demands for protective gear for doctors and nurses.But new research out of Kaiser Permanente and UC Berkeley suggests the pandemic is playing out very differently, at least in California and Washington. A study of 9.6 million Kaiser patients across the two states found that the more than 1,200 people hospitalized with the coronavirus by early April stayed longer on ave...
The Mercury News
Pennsylvania nursing home data minimizes the coronavirus devastation in Philadelphia senior centers
PHILADELPHIA — If you accept the state data released this week about the coronavirus’s scourge of long-term-care facilities, no staff members at the Philadelphia Nursing Home in Fairmount have gotten the disease — and across the city’s 47 nursing homes, fewer than 20 staffers have tested positive.That would be wonderful news for seniors in those facilities and their loved ones. Staff members who carry the virus without showing symptoms all too often bring the disease into the homes, with deadly results.But neither of those statements is accurate. In fact, 30 staff members at the Philadelphia N...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cuomo says decision to send coronavirus patients to nursing homes is on Trump
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said critics of the state’s handling of coronavirus cases in nursing homes need to talk to President Donald Trump.The governor defended New York’s response as the pandemic has killed more than 5,000 nursing home residents over the past two months, saying Wednesday the state’s recently reversed directive sending coronavirus patients back to elder care facilities was based on directives from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“Anyone who wants to ask why did the state do that with COVID patients in nursing homes, it’s because the s...
New York Daily News
Prayer and preparation: How one Haiti hospital is confronting COVID-19
It was the biggest single day increase since an ill-prepared Haiti first confirmed that the novel coronavirus had arrived at its shores. After days of single digits and spikes still in the teens, the number of confirmed infections in just one day had peaked to 39.Reading the latest update from the ministry of health on Thursday, Marc Jumlisse, a nurse at the University Hospital of Mirebalais, the first medical facility to open its doors to infected patients, had only one reaction.“I said ‘Let’s pray.’”Jumlisse, who worked 12 years as a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse in the Unite...
Staffing nursing homes was hard before the pandemic. Now it's even tougher
Residents have fallen ill with the new coronavirus in both the Worcester, Mass., nursing homes where Kwaku Tsibo Bondah works. Protective equipment is in short supply, he said, and many of his colleagues have tested positive or are calling in sick because they’re afraid to come to work.“It’s really challenging … everybody is in a state of anxiety,” said Bondah, a licensed practical nurse. “Because you are going into a room with someone who has COVID-19 there.”Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities were short-staffed before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now it’s even harder to recrui...
Vice President Mike Pence to visit Orlando nursing home on Wednesday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit an Orlando nursing home Wednesday to deliver personal protective equipment, or PPE, and to meet with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.According to the White House, Pence will discuss Florida’s phased reopening with the governor. DeSantis announced Friday that the state will move towards a “full Phase 1” with the reopening of gyms and expansion of restaurant seating to 50% capacity on Monday.The vice president will also join in a roundtable with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to talk about reopening.In between, Pence will als...
Texas National Guard to disinfect nursing homes
AUSTIN, Texas — Seeking to curb the spread of the coronavirus among the state’s most vulnerable populations, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that members of the Texas National Guard will disinfect nursing homes across the state.Six disinfection teams have been deployed so far, he said.“The training these Guardsmen have received will equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to provide this crucial assistance to these facilities,” Abbott said in a statement.Each Texas National Guard team, formed in coordination with Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will have personal protecti...
Nigerian immigrant working as CNA dies of COVID-19 months before becoming nurse, citizen
CHICAGO — Nearly five years after emigrating from Nigeria, Ijeoma Afuke was within reach of realizing two major goals.The certified nursing assistant was studying to become a nurse in the United States. Afuke’s exam was scheduled in June.She also had completed the requirements to become a United States citizen and had an important interview in April that was postponed due to the emergence of the coronavirus.Before she could reschedule it, the 35-year-old Chicago woman became another casualty working on the pandemic’s front line in the health care sector.Afuke died April 29 at Stroger Hospital ...