Sending covid patients to nursing homes in Minnesota

Posted by ihatediabetes @ihatediabetes, May 20, 2020

Hi everyone, there's an article in the Star Tribune today about the practice of transferring covid patients to nursing and long term care homes. I wonder if other people read it. I was very upset because they transferred covid patients into facilities where non-covid patients were living. Now over 80% of covid deaths are residents of nursing homes and long term care. This is upsetting to me and I haven't been able to concentrate. I wonder if we infected and killed elderly and disabled residents. Why couldn't they make sure covid patients tested negative before they transferred them or put them in separate convalescent homes?

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@ihatediabetes I'm assuming you mean this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune – https://www.startribune.com/minn-nursing-homes-already-site-of-81-of-covid-19-deaths-still-taking-in-infected-patients/570601282/. I would let your state representative and your governor know how you feel about it. In Minnesota 81% of the COVID-19 deaths have been in long term care facilities and it's appalling to me also. If I had someone in one, I would be making arrangements to get them out if I had the ability.

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@johnbishop

@ihatediabetes I'm assuming you mean this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune – https://www.startribune.com/minn-nursing-homes-already-site-of-81-of-covid-19-deaths-still-taking-in-infected-patients/570601282/. I would let your state representative and your governor know how you feel about it. In Minnesota 81% of the COVID-19 deaths have been in long term care facilities and it's appalling to me also. If I had someone in one, I would be making arrangements to get them out if I had the ability.

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Yes, that's the article. I got it in my email last night. Since then I had felt like they lied to us. We were supposed to sacrifice by staying home, shutting down businesses to protect the vulnerable. Then we find out that they were transferring contagious covid patients to nursing homes and assisted living. I feel like maybe we have mass murder in Minnesota. I was wondering why we had so many dying in long term care. They were announcing the death toll daily and it was almost all from long term care.

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@ihatediabetes

Yes, that's the article. I got it in my email last night. Since then I had felt like they lied to us. We were supposed to sacrifice by staying home, shutting down businesses to protect the vulnerable. Then we find out that they were transferring contagious covid patients to nursing homes and assisted living. I feel like maybe we have mass murder in Minnesota. I was wondering why we had so many dying in long term care. They were announcing the death toll daily and it was almost all from long term care.

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Unfortunately, it's not just Minnesota.

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I think our federal gov't is complicent in how the large nursing home deaths fromCovid have been so high; most likely vital information-gathering data just wasn't being collected in a quick-to-start testing plan. We still don't have a good deal of testing, in my opinion.

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@zep Yes I agree since I'm elder . Do they think we dont matter . How dare they

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I'm agreeing with all responders on this topic. If we learn nothing more from this dreadful time, I hope our U.S. will be better prepared on all fronts to provide the services, precautions, medical help, safe locations and unified guidance needed to protect all Americans. Just saw a news clip on the devastation of lives on a Navajo reservation. Remote area; one hospital at capacity; some residents living in dirt floor abodes without running water or electricity; more covid loss of life per capita than that of NYC. What a travesty!

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@fiesty76

I'm agreeing with all responders on this topic. If we learn nothing more from this dreadful time, I hope our U.S. will be better prepared on all fronts to provide the services, precautions, medical help, safe locations and unified guidance needed to protect all Americans. Just saw a news clip on the devastation of lives on a Navajo reservation. Remote area; one hospital at capacity; some residents living in dirt floor abodes without running water or electricity; more covid loss of life per capita than that of NYC. What a travesty!

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@fiesty76 I saw this also on msnbc so sad. I pray someone reaches out to them for what they need . It would be prayfull if instead of getting water to overseas some organizations would help the Navajo's with more drinking water and other supplies including testing

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@fiesty76

I'm agreeing with all responders on this topic. If we learn nothing more from this dreadful time, I hope our U.S. will be better prepared on all fronts to provide the services, precautions, medical help, safe locations and unified guidance needed to protect all Americans. Just saw a news clip on the devastation of lives on a Navajo reservation. Remote area; one hospital at capacity; some residents living in dirt floor abodes without running water or electricity; more covid loss of life per capita than that of NYC. What a travesty!

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@fiesty76 – I read recently that Doctors Without Borders are heading there.

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@fiesty76

I'm agreeing with all responders on this topic. If we learn nothing more from this dreadful time, I hope our U.S. will be better prepared on all fronts to provide the services, precautions, medical help, safe locations and unified guidance needed to protect all Americans. Just saw a news clip on the devastation of lives on a Navajo reservation. Remote area; one hospital at capacity; some residents living in dirt floor abodes without running water or electricity; more covid loss of life per capita than that of NYC. What a travesty!

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This pandemic is displaying the wide range of disparity that exists in our country and many peoples continued lack of acknowledgment of it. So sad😔😔😔

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