Cell phone data shows that contract workers who work at multiple nursing homes helped transmit the coronavirus between facilities.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Nursing homes have been devastated by the coronavirus. More than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19. A new study finds that people who work at multiple nursing homes may help spread the virus. But limiting health workers’ jobs could hurt the very people that nursing homes rely on. Jackie Fortier at member station KPCC in Los Angeles reports.
JACKIE FORTIER, BYLINE: Martha Tapia works at two different nursing homes in Orange County, Calif., and she worries about bringing the coronavirus home to her granddaughter.
MARTHA TAPIA: I start work at 7, and I finish at 11.
FORTIER: That’s 7 in the morning to 11 o’clock at night. Tapia is almost 60, and she works 64 hours a week.