COVID-19 is sweeping across the United Stated and disrupting the lives of Americans. People are rightly concerned about their health and well-being, especially for the elderly and vulnerable among us. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that those who are 60 years of age and over, as well as those with chronic health conditions, have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill due to coronavirus. Are nursing homes and other assisted living facilities in Greenville and throughout SC ready?
What are the directions from the state?
According to Greenville News, nursing homes around the state are now limiting visitation as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. Also known as COVID-19, the symptoms of this disease are generally mild. However, those in nursing homes face a heightened risk of serious illness if they contract coronavirus.
We have a reason to be concerned about our loved ones in nursing homes. As of this writing, most of the deaths due to COVID-19 in this country have centered on a single nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. This incident, along with the growing threat to the elderly population, led President Trump to say that “We are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits.”
Randy Lee, president of the South Carolina Health Care Association, says that the state’s long-term care facilities are already restricting visits. Still, most have not closed their doors to visitors entirely. This may change as COVID-19 spreads throughout the country.
Contact an attorney if you need help
If you or someone you care about has questions about COVID-19, please refer to official statements from federal and state authorities. At the Dan Pruitt Law Firm, we are here if you think that your loved one has been mistreated in a nursing home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Whether your loved one has contracted this virus or been mistreated due to a staff shortage, we want to help. You can contact our Greenville nursing home abuse attorney for a free consultation today to find out what your next steps should be.