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The First 100 Days

Published on April 29th, 2020

It has been 100 days since the first positive confirmed test of coronavirus in America was discovered. Since then, more than one million people had tested positive in the United States.  More than 56,000 people across the United States have died — roughly one in four of the total deaths around the world.  With the United States leading the world in both deaths and infections, the image of the country has taken a beating around the world.  The gap between total mortality and the official count of coronavirus deaths reflects both an undercounting of coronavirus deaths and nursing homes covering up deaths by blaming them on pre-existing medical conditions.  These increases belie arguments that the virus is only killing people who would have died anyway from other causes. Instead, the virus has brought a pattern of deaths unlike anything seen in recent years.

A total of 5,735 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in SC. DHEC has warned that respiratory illnesses like coronavirus can spread easily in nursing homes due to the amount of shared living and dining areas within these facilities, which places limits on social distancing.  South Carolina suffered its deadliest day yet in the coronavirus pandemic with 14 deaths and 123 new cases recorded on Tuesday, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).  SCDHEC  alsoreports a 59.8% statewide hospital bed utilization rate — which is up about two percent from yesterday and four percent from last week. However, new data shows an improved recovery rate among South Carolina COVID-19 patients. SCDHEC said 76 percent of those who have tested positive have recovered from the virus.

DHEC reported 535 positive COVID-19 cases at nursing homes, rehab and community residential care facilities statewide.  Five Spartanburg facilities reported a total of 12 cases, among 435 statewide.   n Spartanburg County, Spartanburg Rehab Institute at 160 Harold Fleming Court reported six cases; White Oak at North Grove, 290 N. Grove Medical Park Drive, three cases; Magnolia Manor Inman, 63 Blackstock Road, Inman, one case; Mountainview Nursing Home, 340 Cedar Springs Road, one case; and RoseCrest Community Residential Care, 200 Fortress Drive, Inman, one case.

Experts expect thousands of nursing home residents to suffer from the coronavirus by the end of the summer.  Many will die because of the short-staffing, lack of training and inadequate supplies of PPE.

 

 

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