During Gov. Eric Holcomb’s update today, we learned that the Indiana National Guard will be deployed to the state’s long term care facilities to screen employees and help with infection control practices. They will help “exhausted” staff care for patients, according to Holcomb. Read more in Emily Hopkins’ story.
More from today’s update:
Summary: What we learned at the governor’s weekly COVID news conference Wednesday
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Dr. Kristina Box: Indiana’s health commissioner got coronavirus. She says it’s proof masks, distancing work.
Nursing home outbreak
The Boone County Health Department announced on Tuesday an outbreak of the coronavirus inside a Lebanon nursing home. Four residents at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood have died and 37 employees and residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nursing homes in Indiana have been affected most by the
The older, sicker residents in Indiana nursing homes make the environments particularly susceptible to the coronavirus. But there are other reasons why the disease has been so lethal there.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Wednesday that he would send members of the Indiana National Guard into nursing homes to help an “exhausted” staff care for residents.
The announcement comes as long-term care facilities are experiencing the largest surge of cases and deaths. To date, 2,205 residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Indiana have died of COVID-19, about 58% of coronavirus deaths statewide.
Beginning on November 1, the National Guard will help with tasks such as staff screenings, data entry and testing to allow long-term care staff more time to directly care for residents. Facilities currently experiencing outbreaks will be the first to receive the aid.
Staff, residents and families are “simply, like so many,