As the Delta variant of the Coronavirus continues to spread, more and more nursing homes in the state of Florida are reporting positive cases among both staff and residents. Source.
177 nursing homes in the state of Florida reported that staff members and/or residents testing positive for COVID-19 between July 12 and July 18, 2021, according to federal data. Of these 177 nursing homes, 25 are located in the Tampa Bay area.
The two nursing homes in Florida that reported the highest number of active positive infections were Orchid Cove at Dade City and Seminole Pavilion Health and Rehabilitation Services.
Early on in the pandemic, the state of Florida was providing daily reports on positive COVID-19 cases at individual nursing home facilities. Now, data is lagging behind by at least two weeks, and failing to reflect daily new infections. Additionally, reports now are only for nursing homes, and fail to include information about other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities. The new reports also do not include information for 26 Florida nursing homes that failed to submit data to the federal government.
One cause for concern regarding rising COVID-19 cases in nursing homes is the low vaccination rate among staff members. While the national average is 59% of nursing home staff being fully vaccinated, in Florida, nursing homes are averaging 44% of staff members being fully vaccinated.
While your loved one is residing in a nursing home, it is important that they are being properly taken care of. When nursing homes are not doing everything in their power to care for your loved ones in an acceptable manner, it is important to seek help.
The personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz have many years of experience representing those who have been abused and neglected in nursing homes. If your loved one has suffered, contact our office today.
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