The Washington state nursing home where the second US man to die from coronavirus was a resident has been slammed by worried families who claim they are not being kept informed about the conditions of their loved ones.
Six coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, including one resident in his 70s who later died at hospital, while more than 50 staff and residents have shown symptoms and will be tested.
It has also emerged that the facility has been slammed for failing to control the spread of viruses in the past.
One distraught woman has come forward blasting the facility’s handling of the outbreak, telling how she has been kept in the dark over her husband’s condition and treatment at the home.
Bonnie Holstad said her husband Ken was staying at the facility after a fall caused by a broken hip but staff were refusing to speak to her about his condition.
She says her calls to the center have gone repeatedly unanswered as she is desperate for news that he is okay after he had a cough. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Holstad stood outside the facility on Sunday with a sign saying: ‘No one at Life Care is answering the phones. He needs to be attended to … what is his temperature?’
One distraught woman, Bonnie Holstad (above) has come forward blasting Life Care Center’s handling of the outbreak, telling how she has been kept in the dark over her husband’s condition and treatment at the home
An employee walks outside Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington state, Sunday. Concerns are mounting after officials announced that a second person in the US died from coronavirus. The man in his 70s with underlying health conditions was a resident at the Life Care Center in Kirkland
Medics and other healthcare workers transfer a patient on a stretcher to an ambulance at the home on Sunday
Two individuals – a resident and an employee at the care home – had been diagnosed with the infection on Saturday and around 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff were also showing some symptoms, including some cases where individuals had contracted pneumonia
The Life Care facility provides 24-hour care for residents, including physician and nurse coverage, many of whom have long-term and chronic conditions.
Around 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff have shown some symptoms of the virus, including some cases where individuals had contracted pneumonia.
On Sunday, four new cases were confirmed, including the deceased male, taking the infection rate at the facility to six and counting.
The man in his 70s with underlying health conditions died at the EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland on Saturday.
This is the same hospital where a man in his 50s died on Friday night – the US’s first coronavirus-related death.
On Sunday, four new cases were confirmed, including the deceased male, taking the infection rate at the facility to six and counting. The man in his 70s with underlying health conditions died at the EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland on Saturday
Employees wear masks at the home. One distraught wife of a resident has come forward saying the center has ignored her requests to know how her husband, an elderly man with Parkinson’s disease and dementia and who has a cough, is doing
Other concerned relatives of residents at the Life Care Center told The New York Times that the center is refusing to test sick patients for the deadly disease. Many of the residents are elderly and have pre-existing health conditions, meaning they are at greater risk of the virus having dire consequences
Holstad told CNN that after she protested, a nurse did then check on him and told her he doesn’t have a fever.
‘I was so angry. How can this be that I have to do this, make a sign and go down there?’ Holstad said.
‘I’m very worried for my husband,’ Holstad said. ‘He’s one of the vulnerable people,’ because of his age and his Parkinson’s disease.
‘I have real problems with how they’re handling the interface with family,’ she said, remarking it was ‘sort of like a movie about an epidemic in a little town, and they don’t know how to handle the situation.’
Holstad told how she only found out about the potential outbreak in the home when she arrived for a visit on Saturday and was turned away by a sign on the door saying no visitors allowed.
She then got a message from the center telling her about the confirmed cases.
Before then she had been told staff were wearing masks because some residents had colds.
Holstad also said her husband had not been tested for coronavirus because he doesn’t have all of the symptoms required for testing.
More than 50 staff and residents of the Life Care nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, have shown symptoms of coronavirus
Fears over the safety and care of residents now on lockdown within the care home come as it is revealed that the facility has a history of failing to take adequate steps to control the spread of illness.
In 2019, a state investigation blasted Life Care after two influenza outbreaks swept the care home, affecting 17 residents and seven employees.
Investigators said the facility had failed to ensure staff were trained in and followed ‘transmission-based precautions’ required under federal regulation.
The nursing home pledged to provide training for staff on transmission precautions, controlling infections and hand hygiene and two months later said it was compliant with regulations.
However, a Medicare health inspection rating ranked the facility just three out of five stars.
A worker wearing a protective mask at the facility. Another worried woman has spoken out saying that her elderly mother, a 77-year-old resident, has been sick for several days, but has not been taken to hospital or been tested for the virus
One resident who is awaiting the results of his coronavirus test told of his ‘nightmare’ ordeal since he had fallen ill at the nursing home around two weeks ago
Other concerned relatives of residents at the Life Care Center told The New York Times that the center is refusing to test sick patients for the deadly disease.
Many of the residents are elderly and have pre-existing health conditions, meaning they are at greater risk of the virus turning serious.
Bridget Parkhill has spoken out saying that her elderly mother, a 77-year-old resident, has been sick for several days, but has not been taken to hospital or been tested for the virus.
She said her mother has been ruled out of being tested because she does not have a fever or respiratory distress.
‘I’m extremely worried,’ she said.
Her sister, Carmen Gray, said their mother told them Sunday morning that people were wearing masks and protective gear when they brought her meals, but she had still not been tested.
She said they could not understand why the facility would deny their mother a test for the infection.
‘Since she has been sick for days and been around all these people, I don’t understand why she’s not being tested, if for nothing else to rule her out,’ said Gray.
Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a man in his 70s had died – and he had previously been a resident at a nursing facility near Seattle where dozens of people were sick and had been tested for the virus
Fears over the safety and care of residents now on lockdown within the care home come as it is revealed that the facility has a history of failing to take adequate steps to control the spread of illness
The daughter of another Life Care resident said she is concerned her elderly mother could die if the virus spreads further throughout the home.
‘The level of danger for her could be significant,’ said Pat Herrick. ‘She is 89 years old. It could take her.’
One resident who is awaiting the results of his coronavirus test told the Times of his ‘nightmare’ ordeal since he had fallen ill at the nursing home around two weeks ago.
From his hospital bed at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, where two people have died from coronavirus, Kenny McMillan, 60, said he was in rehab at the center for a broken foot when he developed flu-like symptoms back in February.
McCillan has a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and physical injuries from his life’s work in warehouses and assembly lines, so is at greater risk than most of contracting the disease.
He took a turn for the worse around two weeks ago.
‘All of a sudden one night, they came in and they couldn’t revive me, because I was out of it,’ he said.
‘If they hadn’t have revived me, I probably would’ve been gone. That’s the only reason I’m here.’
McCillan said he was transferred to EvergreenHealth Medical Center and moved in and out of the intensive-care unit.
However, it was several weeks before he was considered a possible coronavirus case when the news broke of the first two cases testing positive at the home.
He was finally tested Saturday night and is awaiting results – two weeks on from him first falling ill.
Workers unload personal protective equipment, including goggles and gloves, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland
In 2019, a state investigation blasted Life Care after two influenza outbreaks swept the care home, affecting 17 residents and seven employees. Investigators said the facility had failed to ensure staff were trained in and followed ‘transmission-based precautions’ required under federal regulation
Life Care’s executive director Ellie Basham said in a statement that the facility is monitoring the situation closely.
‘Current residents and associates are being monitored closely. As is normal this time of year, there are various cold and flu-like symptoms being exhibited from residents and associates,’ the statement emailed to DailyMail.com read.
‘The health department has advised us to monitor for an elevated temperature, cough and shortness of breath. We’re consulting with the health department and possibly sending patients to a local hospital for formal COVID-19 testing.’
A spokesperson for Life Care told DailyMail.com on Saturday that the facility was not accepting any visitors or new admissions, and was monitoring all residents and associates for the virus.
They said the restricted access had only been put in place that morning.
Medical staff wearing protective clothing and masks were pictured transporting a patient on a stretcher into an ambulance at the Life Care facility on Saturday.
Other photos have emerged of more patients being taken from the home to hospital.
The CDC and local health officials sent in an emergency response team to the Life Care facility on Sunday to try to control the escalating situation.
One-quarter of Kirkland firefighters have also been quarantined after they responded to Life Care facility over the last week.
First patient confirmed in New York City as nationwide cases rise to at least 77
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has confirmed the first coronavirus patient in New York, as the number of cases nationwide reached at least 77.
Reports said that the woman is currently in Manhattan and is isolated inside her home.
A statement from the Cuomo’s office reveals that the patient, an unidentified woman in her late 30s, contracted COVID-19 while traveling abroad in Iran.
‘The positive test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround,’ Cuomo wrote.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (pictured): ‘The positive test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround’
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will now confirm the case.
It’s unclear when the woman was in Iran and when she returned to the U.S.
At least 77 patients in the US have now been confirmed to have coronavirus, after one was reported in Rhode Island and a fifth ‘unknown’ origin case was found in Chicago on Sunday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that the deadly virus’ entrance into New York’s population of 19 million was a ‘matter of when, not if.’
He went on to say that there is a $40million emergency management authorization legislature that has been proposed to government officials and is anticipating it’s quick approval.
‘There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available,’ he wrote.
New York’s first positive coronavirus case comes after officials confirmed new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
Reports said that the woman is currently in Manhattan and is isolated inside her home. Pictured, people wear masks and purchase hand sanitizer in Queens, New York
The number of Americans diagnosed with the virus has hit 77 and counting, after two ‘presumptive positive’ tests in Florida
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed the latest infection in Chicago during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, saying that authorities are now working to trace the source of the latest instance.
So far, there are at least five reported cases nationwide where authorities do not know how the virus was contracted, according to the federal government – one in Chicago, one in Washington State, one in Oregon, and two in California –
The Chicago Tribune on Sunday reported that the third case of coronavirus was confirmed in Illinois.
A suburban Cook County resident was found to be a ‘presumptive case of novel coronavirus,’ the Illinois Department of Public Health announced.
The patient is hospitalized in isolation, and protocols by the Centers for Disease Control have been implemented.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has asked hospitals across the state to do more testing to improve surveillance for the virus.
Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, said on Sunday that a new case of coronavirus was confirmed overnight in Chicago
The state was the first in the nation to provide for testing, according to the Tribune.
The governor announced on Friday that there were now three labs in the state that could test for coronavirus – one in Cook County, one in Springfield, and a third in Carbondale.
Officials said that the two other Illinois patients found to have the coronavirus have since made a full recovery.
Also on Sunday, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus.
The patient is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February, the state agency said.
‘RIDOH is coordinating closely with the hospital where this person is currently being treated and all infection control protocols are being followed,’ the department said in a statement.
‘The Rhode Island Department of Health has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have a structure in place to, to the best of our ability, limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island,’ said Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the department.
‘We fully anticipated having a first case of COVID-19.
‘We are not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island, and the general level of risk for Rhode Islanders is still low.
‘However, everyone in Rhode Island has a role to play in helping us prevent the spread of viruses, just like the flu.
‘It is very important that people wash their hands regularly, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are sick.’
On Sunday Night, the Florida Department of Health confirmed two patients have tested ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus.
One is a resident of Hillsborough County, while the other is from of Manatee County. Both have been isolated.
The Trump administration on Saturday announced measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, including new restrictions on Americans and other who have traveled to Iran.
The government is also advising citizens against travel to certain parts of Italy and South Korea, where significant outbreaks of the pathogen have been reported.
The Rhode Island Department of Health announced on Sunday the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the state. The patient is described as a person in their 40s who just returned from a trip to Italy, the site of the largest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe. The image above shows an unidentified tourist in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan on Saturday
Coronavirus has been spreading in Washington State for more than six weeks and HUNDREDS could be undiagnosed, say experts
A scientist in Washington State believes coronavirus may have been spreading for six weeks before it was detected, and there could be a ‘few hundred’ people currently infected amid an ‘already substantial outbreak’.
At least 77 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported as of Sunday afternoon with the majority being on the west coast of the United States but new cases were confirmed in Rhode Island – where a patient in their 40s had traveled to Italy in mid-February – and Illinois where the third ‘presumptive case of novel coronavirus,’ was announced. Two people have made full recoveries in Illinois.
But anxious shoppers descended on supermarkets, stocking up on supplies like bottled water, canned food and Clorox wipes after more than half a dozen California residents were diagnosed with the disease in recent days.
The number of confirmed infections in Washington reached eight Sunday as two men in their 60s – both with underlying health conditions – were in critical condition. One was stable at Valley Medical Center in Renton, the other was at Virginia Mason.
Trevor Bedford of the University of Washington said the illness has likely spread within the community as none of the people confirmed to be infected had recently traveled.
A new coronavirus study ‘strongly suggests that there has been cryptic transmission in Washington State (pictured) for the past 6 weeks,’ a scientist has said. In three new cases confirmed near Seattle the victims don’t have a history of recent travel
Bedford said a team at the Seattle Flu Study had compared the first reported case of COVID-19 in the United States to the second case, and found that it was on the same evolutionary tree.
Sharing a diagram, Bedford tweeted Saturday: ‘This strongly suggests that there has been cryptic transmission in Washington State for the past 6 weeks.’
Bedford posted on social media that case WA2 is likely to have come from case WA2 as they appear almost identical in make-up.
The academic also noted that they were discovered in the same area of Washington State, Snohomish County, as he put the probability value at 0.3. Anything less than 0.5 is statistically significant and effectively rules out the chance the findings are random.
‘It’s possible that this genetic similarity is a coincidence and these are separate introductions. However, I believe this is highly unlikely. The WA1 case had a variant at site 18060. This variant is only present in 2/59 viruses from China,’ Bedford continued.
‘I’d assess the p-value for this coincidence at 2/59=0.03 and so is statistically significant. Additionally, these two cases are geographically proximal, both residing in Snohomish County.
‘I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China.’
Bedford said they will be working closely with Public Health Seattle and King County as well as the Washington Department of Health to fully investigate the outbreak.
The virus, immunity and evolution expert added that they hope to provide an update on the number of infections in Washington State soon.
‘An update, because I see people overly speculating on total outbreak size. Our best current expectation is a few hundred current infections,’ Bedford tweeted Saturday. ‘Expect more analyses tomorrow.’
Sonya Tran, of Randolph, Massachusetts, front, and Bobby Ratanasim, of Providence, Rhode Island, behind center, wear protective masks while playing a Nintendo game, Thursday, in Boston. Tran and Ratanasim said concerns about the coronavirus played a role in wearing masks to the conference
Zhang Bin, right, walks with a friend along a street, both wearing protective masks in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles on Friday
Scientists not affiliated with the research said the results did not necessarily surprise them and pointed out that for many people – especially younger, healthier ones – the symptoms are not much worse than a flu or bad cold.
‘We think that this has a pretty high rate of mild symptoms and can be asymptomatic. The symptoms are pretty non-specific and testing criteria has been pretty strict, so those combinations of factors means that it easily could have been circulating for a bit without us knowing,’ said Justin Lessler, an associated professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
‘And that was what a lot of us was thinking was likely.’
Virus claims more than 3,000 lives worldwide as flights from US to Italy are suspended
Worldwide, the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China has sickened at least 88,583 people and killed more than 3,000 in 54 countries.
The US will start screening travelers for coronavirus and ramp up production of masks and test kits as the government scrambles to reassure Americans while the disease spreads and businesses cancel conferences and flights.
Donald Trump said on Sunday that travelers to the United States from countries at high risk of coronavirus would be screened before boarding and upon arrival, without specifying which countries.
Delta Air Lines on Sunday said it is suspending until May flights to Milan in northern Italy where most of that country’s coronavirus cases have been reported. Flights will continue to Rome. American Airlines Group Inc announced a similar move late on Saturday.
The United States has imposed limits on travelers who have visited Iran and recommended against travel to hard-hit areas of Italy and South Korea.
Trump said on Saturday that the United States was also considering shutting the country’s southern border with Mexico to control the spread of the virus, adding, ‘We hope we won’t have to do that.’
Mexico has reported four coronavirus cases. Its foreign ministry said on Saturday that both governments are in ‘close and effective communication, especially the health authorities.’
Meanwhile in Australia, the first human-to-human transfer of COVID-19 has been confirmed as the number of cases in the country hit 31. Tasmania has also confirmed its first case of the virus.
Delta Air Lines Inc on Sunday said it is suspending until May flights to Milan in northern Italy where most of that country’s coronavirus cases have been reported. Flights will continue to Rome. American Airlines Group Inc announced a similar move late on Saturday
Vice President Mike Pence said the government had contracted 3M Co to produce an extra 35 million respiratory masks a month. He urged Americans not to buy the masks, which he said were only needed by healthcare workers. Honeywell International Inc is the other major U.S. mask producer.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams asked the public to stop buying masks, saying they’re ineffective against coronavirus.
Pence, named by the president to be the point-person overseeing the government’s response, said more than 15,000 virus testing kits had been released over the weekend. And, the administration is working with a commercial provider to distribute 50,000 more, he said.
The vice president said testing was among the first issues raised by governors he’s spoken with so far. Several states have begun their own testing, including Washington state, Oregon and Illinois.
‘We’re leaning into it,’ Pence said.
Mike Pence, whom Trump appointed last week to run the White House’s coronavirus response, said Americans should brace for more cases, but that the ‘vast majority’ of those who contracted the disease would recover
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said more than 3,600 people already have been tested for coronavirus and the capability exists to test 75,000 people. He forecast a “radical expansion of that” in the coming weeks.
The United States has 75,000 test kits for coronavirus and will expand that number ‘radically’ in coming weeks, Azar told ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
He also told Fox News that clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine would start in six weeks but that a vaccine will likely not be available this season.
Democrats, who will challenge Trump for the presidency in the November 3 election, have criticized his administration for downplaying the crisis and not preparing for the disease to spread in the United States.
Pence, whom Trump appointed last week to run the White House’s coronavirus response, said Americans should brace for more cases, but that the ‘vast majority’ of those who contracted the disease would recover.
‘Other than in areas where there are individuals that have been infected with the coronavirus, people need to understand that for the average American, the risk does remain low. We’re ready,’ Pence told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’.
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