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Kentucky lobbyist says feds send nursing homes quick-test kits, but with rules that deter their use

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Testing is one of the few tools nursing homes have to keep the novel coronavirus out of their facilities, and the Trump administration has tried to help by sending them equipment to conduct tests that give quick results. But while they were sent with good intention and are appreciated, the head of the state nursing-home association told Kentucky Health News that...

Nursing homes ‘need help’ from state; residents account for 58.6 percent of Kentucky’s COVID deaths

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As they remain the main sites for deadly infections of the novel coronavirus, Kentucky’s nursing homes are asking for more help from the state, which says much of the help they seek has already been provided or can’t be rendered. At a legislative committee meeting Aug. 26, the head of Kentucky’s main nursing-home association said nursing homes...

Coronavirus cases remain elevated over weekend; pattern attributed to heavy testing at nursing homes

Coronavirus cases remained elevated over the weekend, but Gov. Andy Beshear said the number was driven by long-term care facilities, where the state is in the process of testing all residents and employees. Anonymous cell-phone tracking gauges mobility as the economy reopens. Selected counties’ numbers are shown; all are available on an interactive map from The Washington Post, with a story;...

Kentucky’s nursing homes had trouble controlling infections even before coronavirus outbreak

“Many Kentucky nursing homes failed at infection prevention and control even before the novel coronavirus blazed through them over the last two months, infecting more than 1,000 of their residents and staff as of Friday and killing more than 120,” John Cheves reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader, after checking the homes’ inspection records. “Among the places cited for errors...

Kentucky’s nursing homes continue to be COVID-19 hotspots; 174 new cases, five deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Long-term care facilities continue to be one of the hotspots for the coronavirus in Kentucky. Twenty-four new cases were reported among residents, five staff members and two residents died. This brings the totals to 727 residents, 307 staff and 122 deaths, 121 of which were residents. Seventy-four facilities have now reported cases and account for just over half of the...

With 46 percent of state’s COVID-19 deaths, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities a virus tinderbox

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With 46 percent of Kentucky’s COVID-19 deaths occurring in long-term-care facilities, up from 32 percent just a week ago, nursing homes continue to be a tinderbox for the coronavirus. That has prompted state officials to ramp up testing and to create a Long-Term Care Task Force charged with finding ways to slow down the spread of the virus inside these...

Kentucky forms task force to deal with coronavirus in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News State officials have formed a task force to advise them about how to prevent the coronavirus from devastating the state’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, which have already suffered 18 deaths from it. “This is our challenge,” Gov. Andy Beshear said at his daily briefing. “This is where the coronavirus is devastating every state...

Six KY nursing homes are on a formerly unpublished list of 400 poor performers around the nation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. senators from Pennsylvania have released a report that includes the names of nearly 400 nursing homes with a “persistent record of poor care” that had not previously been publicly available. Of the six Kentucky facilities on the poor-performers list, only Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro is getting additional oversight....

Legislative Briefs: Needle exchange and disposal bill passes Senate; religious freedom measure advances

The state Senate passed a bill regulating the disposal and free handout of needles Tuesday by a 28-10 vote. House Bill 160 would require the Department of Public Health to establish guidelines for safe disposal of hypodermic syringes, needles and what’s known as “sharps” containers. In addition, HB 160 would require the guidelines to be provided to certain medical facilities and pharmacies. It...