The Trump Administration has finally decided to begin surveillance effort in nursing homes around the Covid virus. American nursing homes will now be required to report coronavirus cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as to patients and their families, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said. The directive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mark a significant change in practice. The CDC has not formally tracked the number of Covid-19 cases that spread inside homes for vulnerable elderly patients. However, rough estimates conclude that tens of thousands of vulnerable nursing home residents have died.
A combined lack of training, poor preparedness, inadequate supplies and staffing have made the pandemic horrific in scores of nursing homes across the country, where patients are not only dying quickly, but often without family and loved ones at their side. The poorly trained workers themselves were spreading it as they moved between rooms and floors, outfitted with little or no protective equipment. Most caregivers feel ill-prepared for the outbreak, with little training and even less protective gear–feeling abandoned by the home’s management from corporate. For-profit chains with a history of inadequate staffing, poor quality of care, questionable business practices and mismanagement were hit the worse.