Residents of shuttered nursing homes remain at risk from COVID-19

The average age for Floridians infected by COVID-19 may have plummeted to the 30s but seniors remain the most vulnerable by far- including those in nursing homes- and AARP state director Jeff Johnson says we need to continue to do everything possible to keep them safe--

"All the things that you've heard about- washing hands and social distance and wearing mask-" Johnson says, "but it also means we have got to increase the testing in these facilities so we can stop the virus at the door."

But a new report by the American Health Care Association says 87% of COVID tests for nursing home residents and staff are taking multiple days to process.

Johnson says the AARP strongly opposes proposals to grant immunity related to the pandemic for long-term care facilities.

"We have seen example after example of facilities that clearly have not been doing what everybody knows they should do to try to control the infection. I don't see how you could in good conscience say they should be exempt from any sort of punishment."

Residents of nursing homes make up less than 2% of Florida's population but more than half of the fatalities from COVID-19.

Image courtesy Getty

95.3 OLZ · Southwest Florida's Greatest Hits!

Listen Now on iHeartRadio

outbrain pixel