AARP asks Ricketts to release names of care facilities with COVID-19 cases

AARP Nebraska is calling on Gov. Pete Ricketts to publicly released the names of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.
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AARP Nebraska is calling on Gov. Pete Ricketts to publicly released the names of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.
State director Todd Stubbendieck said transparency in reporting is “critical” for public health and the health and well-being of residents and staff in such communities.
The letter cites a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation that says 62% of COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska are related to long-term care facilities – the fourth highest rate in the nation. National reports suggest as many as one third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. occur in such facilities.
“Residents and family members deserve to have this information for their own health decisions as they consider possible next steps and interventions for their loved ones,” Stubbendieck said.
In a letter sent to Ricketts on Monday, Stubbendieck said long-term care facilities are “ground zero” in the fight against the coronavirus, and information about positive cases and greater transparency is “a key tool” in the fight against the virus.
The letter quotes Ricketts on May 7 saying there were at least 455 residents or staff in Nebraska nursing facilities who had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and that 57 deaths had been linked to those facilities.
“Nebraska is one of 13 states with at least 50% of deaths from nursing homes,” Stubbendieck said in the letter. “That is a disturbingly high percentage and is clear evidence this disease is having a disproportionate impact on these vulnerable Nebraskans.”
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