Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic and immunogenetic expert suggests nursing homes need better training and practices.
SALISBURY, Md.— After previously withholding information citing privacy restraints, the Maryland Department of Health changed its tune Tuesday, releasing all data on individual congregate living facilities in the state affected by the coronavirus.
The shift — now allowing the public informative access to all nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes with 10 or more occupants reporting at least one case of COVID-19 — came as Gov. Larry Hogan directed the department to do so April 27.
The nations's nursing homes and similar care facilities have been hard-hit in this pandemic.
As of Wednesday, 19 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions have facilities reporting one or more COVID-19 cases. Cases totaled 4,369 in the state's facilities, while 471 deaths have been reported.
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Earlier this month, a 200-bed facility in northwest Baltimore announced it had 170 positive COVID-19 cases among residents and staff, making it one of the largest long-term care facility outbreaks in the country. That follows a large outbreak at a Carroll County, Maryland, nursing home where nearly 30 residents have died and more than 120 residents and staff tested positive
On the Lower Shore itself, the Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is up to six COVID-19 cases, according to a spokesperson Tuesday.
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Genesis HealthCare, the company that operates the Salisbury facility, told Delmarva Now on April 24 that one resident had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As of Tuesday morning, there are now three residents and three staff members who have been infected.
Wicomico County reports three cases inAnchorage Healthcare Center as well, according to health department data.
In Worcester County, a woman in her 80s had been a hospice patient at one of the county's long-term care facilities, prior to the onset of her illness. Her death was the county's first reported, Tuesday.
Worcester County's Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is reporting five cases alongside the single death, according to health department data. The facility is joined by Gull Creek, an assisted living facility, reporting a single case of the novel disease.
At least 2,300 long-term care facilities in 37 states have reported positive cases of COVID-19, according to USA TODAY data published April 13. More than 3,000 residents have died. And those numbers continue to climb.
Maryland's health department also offered guidance on Infection Control and COVID-19 Prevention in Facilities Serving Older Adults, interim guidance on Procedures to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 in Small Group Home or Congregate Facility Settings, as well as relevant CDC guidelines.
Maryland's COVID-19 impact in congregate living facilities, cases (and deaths), at a glance:
Allegany: 57, (1)Anne Arundel: 387, (52)Baltimore City: 591, (3)Baltimore County: 738, (67) Calvert: 2Carroll: 270, (42)Cecil: 14, (1)Charles: 140, (33)Frederick: 301, (43)Harford: 106, (4)Howard: 156, (11)Kent: 62, (3)Montgomery: 1,043, (129)Prince George's: 454, (52)Queen Anne's: 3
St. Mary's: 19, (1)Washington: 12, (1)Wicomico: 8
Anchorage Healthcare Center: 3Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center: 5Worcester: 6, (1)
Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: 5, (1)Gull Creek: 1
Full facility-by-facility breakdown for each jurisdiction available in health department data.
This report will be updated as more information, reports become available.
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