Maryland’s governor announced on March 28, 2020 that 66 nursing home residents of a 104-bed nursing home in Maryland have tested positive for the coronavirus. Of the 66 COVID-19 positive nursing home residents at the Carroll County nursing home, Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, 11 are currently hospitalized.
As of March 28, 2020, there were ten deaths in Maryland associated with the coronavirus, along with 994 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland.
Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, a highly-respected Republican in a mostly Democratic state, stated, “It took nearly three weeks for the National Capital Region to go from 0 to 1,000 cases of COVID-19. It took three days for the region to go from 1,000 to 2,000 cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This is a rapidly evolving and escalating emergency which is now surrounding the nation’s capital. The number of deaths in our state as a result of COVID-19 has doubled. We have lost 10 of our fellow Marylanders, and we mourn each and every one of them.”
“Tonight, Maryland has experienced a tragic coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. Multiple state agencies are on the scene and working closely with the local health department and the facility as they take urgent steps to protect additional residents and staff who may have been exposed.”
“I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and first responders all across our state who are working around the clock to respond to this pandemic.”
“As we have been warning for weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease.”
“We continue to call for Marylanders to stay at home, except for essential reasons, in order to help stop the spread of this virus.”
“We are leveraging the full arsenal of public health and government, but defeating this invisible enemy will require a unity of effort and spirit like nothing we have ever faced.”
The Maryland Health Care Quality Reports website states that Pleasant View Nursing Home has an average rating (3 out of 5 stars) for overall health inspection but much below average (one star) rating for overall quality despite receiving a much above average (four stars) rating for overall staff available.
COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist For Nursing Homes And Other Long-Term Care Settings
The CDC has released its “COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings” that states:
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This checklist should be used as one tool to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, including plans for:
– Rapid identification and management of ill residents
– Considerations for visitors and consultant staff
– Supplies and resources
– Sick leave policies and other occupational health considerations
– Education and training
– Surge capacity for staffing, equipment and supplies, and postmortem care
The checklist identiﬁes key areas that long-term care facilities should consider in their COVID-19 planning. Long-term care facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of current preparedness efforts. This checklist does not describe mandatory requirements or standards; rather, it highlights important areas to review to prepare for the possibility of residents with COVID-19.”
If you or a loved one have suffered serious harm (or worse) as a result of nursing home coronavirus negligence (COVID-19 negligence) in a Maryland nursing home or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a coronavirus nursing home lawyer (COVID-19 nursing home lawyer) in Maryland or in your state who may investigate your COVID-19 nursing home claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a nursing home coronavirus case, if appropriate.
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