Nursing Homes

The Trump administration announced a new partnership with two major national pharmacy chains to facilitate the distribution of a future coronavirus vaccine to nursing homes on Friday.

"Today, I'm thrilled to announce that we have just finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens," President Trump told a group in Fort Myers, Fla., at an event centered on seniors. He said the plan was for the pharmacies to "deliver the vaccine directly to nursing homes at no cost to our seniors."

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  Coronavirus continues to be deadly in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities like nursing homes, and is especially dangerous for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, lawmakers were told Wednesday.

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As the economies of the Ohio Valley gradually reopen from the pandemic closures, state officials are still reporting hundreds of coronavirus cases each day in the region. In Kentucky, coronavirus cases are again on the rise, with a week-long average of daily cases approaching the highest level yet. Public health officials are concerned about a spread of coronavirus into more rural parts of the region. 

It wasn't candlelight and soft music that made the 40th anniversary of Luann and Jeff Thibodeau so memorable. It was gazing at each other through the window of Jeff's nursing home in Texas and eating carryout from the Olive Garden. Just the two of them. And a nursing assistant.

"She fed him, and I ate mine, and that was it," Luann Thibodeau says. "So that was our 40th wedding anniversary."

Coronavirus fatalities in long-term care facilities have surpassed a grim threshold in much of the country, accounting for at least a third of the deaths in 26 states and more than half in 14 of those.

The data, which was published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reports tallies from a variety of care facilities, including nursing homes, adult care residences, and other skilled nursing care settings. However, it does not break out those categories separately.

New data released by Illinois health officials on Friday show that COVID-19's toll on the state's nursing homes continues unabated, with a reported 625 deaths, more than double the 286 last week.

That means coronavirus deaths in nursing homes make up more than a third of Illinois' 1,795 deaths as of Friday, according to a WBEZ analysis of state health data.


  Nursing homes in west Kentucky have been particularly hit hard by the coronavirus. Kentucky Department for Public Health officials say there are currently 20 medical and nursing student volunteers deployed across the state, particularly west Kentucky, in part to help staff these facilities.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced 206 new cases of the coronavirus and seven newly reported deaths statewide related to COVID-19. Beshear said long-term care facilities in the state have seen significant increases in case numbers. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services presented an action plan to control infection in these care facilities.  

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Tennessee’s top health officials have released some data relating to the occurrence of coronavirus cases at the state’s nursing homes.

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A measure is moving through the Kentucky legislature that would provide the necessary funding to build a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green.