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CDC ‘Mortality’ Report Cites Nursing Home Risks as Cases Mount

  • Agency lists ‘likely’ vulnerabilities inside Seattle cluster
  • Infections spread to facilities in Illinois, Georgia, Florida
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Coronavirus Cases Exceed 200,000 Worldwide, Deaths Rise to 8,200

Seattle-area nursing homes – including the Kirkland, Washington facility that’s been linked to 35 deaths – were probably vulnerable to the spread of the Covid-19 virus in part because staff members worked while displaying symptoms, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Inadequate equipment likely played a role as well, as did a delay in recognizing the illness for what it was, according to the agency’s “morbidity and mortality” report. The findings may shed light on how long-term care facilities should respond to the threat the virus poses to their residents.