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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Guard, CDC To Aid Connecticut Nursing Home Inspections

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A patient is brought to the Northbridge Health Care Center last week in Bridgeport. To slow the spread of coronavirus inside nursing homes, Connecticut is transferring infected residents to off-site recovery centers after their release from hospitals.

The National Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help Connecticut officials inspect nursing homes.

Nearly half of Connecticut’s COVID-19 deaths are connected to nursing homes. Last week, the state Department of Public Health started inspections of every facility in Connecticut.

Josh Geballe, the state’s chief operating officer, says they’re getting help from about 30 members of the Connecticut National Guard.

“People who in their day jobs are EMTs or nurses, or in some case sanitarians, who are going to be complementing that work so that we can do even more detailed reviews, and potentially even more frequently.”

Geballe says the CDC has been deployed to several other states. Officials say the additional manpower will allow them to do more inspections and respond quicker.

The head of Connecticut’s nursing home association says he welcomes state inspections. 

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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