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Conn. Nursing Homes React To Independent Review Of Their COVID Response

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Medical workers bring a patient to the Northbridge Health Care Center in Bridgeport in April.

An association of Connecticut nursing homes and assisted living facilities supports Governor Ned Lamont’s order for an independent analysis of their response to COVID-19. But they say it should also include the state government’s response.

Matt Barrett is president of the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Facilities, an association that represents 145 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state. Barrett says the analysis should go beyond nursing homes.

“The promise must also be one that includes an evaluation of Connecticut state government’s response. And what went wrong and what went right.”

Connecticut Senate President Martin Looney says more than 2,500 COVID-19-related deaths and 8,500 cases of the virus have been reported from a nursing home population of just over 21,000.

“We are talking about almost a 40% infection rate in nursing homes. So that’s certainly significant and warrants an emergency level of attention.”

The deaths represent about 60% of all COVID-19-related deaths in the state.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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