New task force gets to work to prevent coronavirus surge in nursing homes

With COVID-19 cases surging, Connecticut is cracking down on nursing homes. All workers will now be tested every week, but how do we prevent another outbreak?

News 12 Staff

Oct 29, 2020, 11:57 PM

Updated 1,324 days ago

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With COVID-19 cases surging, Connecticut is cracking down on nursing homes. All workers will now be tested every week, but how do we prevent another outbreak?
Nearly 3,000 Connecticut nursing homes residents have died from the coronavirus. State lawmakers are now crafting reforms.
A new task force got to work Thursday. On the task force are families, nursing home workers and their bosses.
"We'll pledge our time and commitment and resources to this very important effort," said Matthew Barrett, of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities.
The Nursing Home Oversight Group is focusing on four areas: infectious disease protocols, staffing levels, visitation and socialization for seniors -- including two-way video screens and infrastructure improvements.
An outside consultant found homes with more staffing had fewer infections. It also recommends workers should stop working at multiples facilities.
Despite recent coronavirus surge in the state, infection remains relatively low in nursing homes. The hope is that it stays this way.


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