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Covid-19 and Florida Nursing Homes: Where Are We At Now?

As vaccinations continue to roll out across the country, Covid-19 continues to infect new patients every week, and so far more than 486,000 Americans have died of the infection. Nearly 26,000 of those were Florida residents, and more than 107,000 were nursing home residents nationwide. Sadly, the infection spread easily in many unprepared nursing homes, claiming the lives of residents who were at high risk due to age, illness, or disability.

Unfortunately, travel and visiting around the holidays likely increased these numbers. In the three-week period around Thanksgiving, 4.7 out of every 1,000 nursing home residents died in the state, an increase from 2.3 out of 1,000 in the four weeks before Nov. 15.  By December 23, 7,900 residents and staff at elder-care facilities had died of COVID-19 in Florida.

Why is Covid-19 so prevalent in Florida nursing homes?

Because testing is optional under state laws, many senior care facilities don’t require it for visitors. This can leave residents at risk. There are many other situations that may contribute to the spread of Covid-19 in these facilities, such as a lack of PPE and other safety measures for staff and patients, a lack of test kits, or a failure to monitor and isolate patients showing symptoms. Bringing together patients for meals and activities may also increase risk, but some facilities lack the staff or resources to decentralize these practices.

“The fundamental problem is the continued inability to provide accurate, rapid-result testing of everyone entering elder-care facilities — staff, visitors, family caregivers and vendors,’’ said David Bruns, spokesman for AARP, when he spoke with the Tampa Bay Times in late December.

Staying informed on the health condition of your loved one

Although it’s difficult not to visit a family member you haven’t seen in a while, visits are still risky and will continue to be for the next several months, until more of the population is vaccinated. If possible, try to talk with your family by phone instead of making in-person visits. If you do go in-person, be sure to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and maintain a 6ft distance from everyone you encounter in the facility.

You can also call the facility and ask if your loved one’s vaccine has been scheduled, as the state has made elderly people over 70 a priority group for vaccination. If your family member has not been vaccinated and there are no plans to do so soon, ask the facility staff why and when they can expect to receive a vaccine.

Unfortunately, the vaccine has come too late for many seniors who have already died or become chronically ill from Covid-19. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a duty to protect  their residents from harm, including infectious disease. If you believe your loved one may have suffered from nursing home negligence in relation to the pandemic, please contact us for a free consultation.

Is your loved one in a facility affected by a Covid-19 outbreak? Follow our list here

The Florida Department of Health maintains a frequently-updated list with stats for positive test results among patients and staff at nursing home facilities. If you have a loved one in such a facility, you may want to keep an eye on this list for a jump in cases. It’s also a good idea to talk on the phone or video chat with loved ones often to keep up with how things are going at the facility. Make note if your loved one mentions that nurses and staff have been scarce lately, or several of their friends have been taken to the infirmary.

Covid-19 Data and Florida Nursing Homes – As of February 16th, 2021

  • 24 facilities in Palm Beach County have had at least one case of Covid-19 among it’s patients
  • The worst outbreak was at Encore at Boca Raton, a nursing home, with 29 positive residents.
  • The second worst outbreak was at Avante at Boca Raton with 17 cases and 31 residents transferred. We have written extensively on the poor conditions for residents at Avante, based solely on violation data provided by the state.
  • The highest instance of Covid-19 infected occurred at Life Care Center of Port St. Lucie with 48 staff testing positive on 2/14/2021.
  • Menorah House has the highest number of positive residents transferred.

Covid-19 Infections in Palm Beach County - St. Lucie County Nursing Homes/ALFs

CountyFacility NameProvider TypeUpdate Time (UTC)Positive ResidentsPositive Residents TransferredPositive
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PALM BEACHLAKE VIEW CARE CENTER AT DELRAYNH3/14/2021 1_55_00 PM2320
PALM BEACHAVANTE AT BOCA RATON, INC.NH3/13/2021 2_08_00 PM0310
ST. LUCIEEMERALD HEALTH CARE CENTERNH3/14/2021 1_07_00 PM0310
PALM BEACHBOCA RATON REHABILITATION CENTERNH3/14/2021 1_30_00 PM0200
PALM BEACHMEDICANA NURSING AND REHAB CENTERNH3/13/2021 4_33_00 AM0170
PALM BEACHPARKSIDE INNALF3/14/2021 6_37_00 AM0170
PALM BEACHHEARTLAND HEALTH CARE CENTER - PROSPERITY OAKSNH3/12/2021 2_50_00 PM0130
PALM BEACHMANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES WEST PALM BEACHNH3/14/2021 12_18_00 PM0120
ST. LUCIETHE BROADMOOR ALFALF3/14/2021 5_09_00 AM0120
PALM BEACHNORTH LAKE CARE CENTERNH3/14/2021 1_50_00 PM0111
PALM BEACHHARBORCHASE OF WELLINGTON CROSSINGALF3/14/2021 2_31_00 PM0110
PALM BEACHHEALTH CENTER AT SINAI RESIDENCESALF3/14/2021 1_55_00 PM080
PALM BEACHCRESTHAVENALF3/14/2021 12_49_00 PM071
PALM BEACHHEALTH CENTER AT SINAI RESIDENCESNH3/14/2021 1_56_00 PM071
PALM BEACHHEARTLAND HEALTH CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER OF BOCA RATONNH3/14/2021 1_01_00 PM070
ST. LUCIEPALMS OF ST LUCIE WEST (THE)ALF3/13/2021 2_36_00 PM050
ST. LUCIEWATERCREST OF ST LUCIE WEST ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CAREALF3/13/2021 6_28_00 PM050
ST. LUCIELAKE FOREST PARKALF3/9/2021 3_10_00 PM040
PALM BEACHTHE MERIDIAN AT BOCA RATONALF3/14/2021 2_29_00 PM430
PALM BEACHFIVE STAR PREMIER RESIDENCES OF BOCA RATONALF2/21/2021 8_46_00 PM030
PALM BEACHATRIUM AT BOCA RATON, THEALF3/14/2021 1_40_00 PM020
PALM BEACHORANGE BLOSSOMS VILLA III, LLCALF3/14/2021 2_15_00 PM020
PALM BEACHTHE ELITE MANOR, INCALF3/13/2021 3_51_00 PM020
PALM BEACHTUSCAN GARDENS OF DELRAY BEACHALF3/14/2021 9_13_00 AM020
PALM BEACHYOURLIFE OF PALM BEACH GARDENSALF3/11/2021 5_19_00 PM020
PALM BEACHAVERY COTTAGE ALF LLCALF3/14/2021 5_13_00 AM010
PALM BEACHBROOKDALE WEST BOYNTON BEACHALF3/5/2021 4_17_00 AM010
PALM BEACHCORAL BAY HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATIONNH3/14/2021 11_45_00 AM010
PALM BEACHGLORIA ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY LLCALF3/14/2021 5_31_00 AM010
PALM BEACHGOLDEN YEARS ALFALF3/12/2021 2_54_00 PM010
PALM BEACHHIBISCUS PALACE WELLINGTON LLCALF3/12/2021 12_43_00 PM010
PALM BEACHJUPITER REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTERNH3/14/2021 12_00_00 PM010
PALM BEACHREGENTS PARK NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTERNH3/14/2021 12_10_00 PM010
PALM BEACHSIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF PALM BEACHNH3/14/2021 1_53_00 PM010
PALM BEACHVICTORIA GARDENS ALFALF3/14/2021 1_15_00 PM010
PALM BEACHVILLA OF KINGS & QUEENS OF DELRAY INCALF3/14/2021 3_57_00 PM010
ST. LUCIETIFFANY HALL NURSING AND REHAB CENTERNH3/14/2021 1_02_00 PM010
ST. LUCIEWICKSHIRE PORT ST LUCIEALF3/13/2021 2_35_00 PM010
PALM BEACHCOLONIAL ASSISTED LIVING AT WEST PALM BEACH FLALF3/12/2021 3_38_00 PM003
PALM BEACHENCORE AT BOCA RATON REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER, LLC, THENH3/13/2021 5_01_00 PM003
PALM BEACHABBEY DELRAYNH3/14/2021 1_28_00 PM002
PALM BEACHVI AT LAKESIDE VILLAGENH3/14/2021 12_03_00 PM101
PALM BEACHARDEN COURTS OF WEST PALM BEACHALF3/14/2021 12_22_00 PM001
PALM BEACHBOULEVARD REHABILITATION CENTERNH3/14/2021 11_16_00 AM001
PALM BEACHHAMLIN PLACE OF BOYNTON BEACHNH3/14/2021 2_19_00 PM001
PALM BEACHHARBORCHASE OF PALM BEACH GARDENSALF3/8/2021 5_05_00 PM001
PALM BEACHJOSEPH L. MORSE HEALTH CENTER, INC., THENH3/14/2021 3_42_00 PM001
PALM BEACHMANORCARE HEALTH SERVICESNH3/14/2021 2_28_00 PM001
PALM BEACHREHABILITATION CENTER OF THE PALM BEACHES,THENH3/14/2021 3_47_00 PM001
PALM BEACHSONATA BOYNTON BEACHALF3/14/2021 1_14_00 PM001
PALM BEACHVERANDA CLUB ASSISTED LIVING, THEALF3/12/2021 3_57_00 PM001
PALM BEACHCONSULATE HEALTH CARE OF WEST PALM BEACHNH3/14/2021 12_50_00 PM1000
ST. LUCIEPORT ST. LUCIE REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARENH3/14/2021 12_39_00 PM100
ST. LUCIESANDGATE GARDENS REHAB AND NURSING CENTERNH3/14/2021 12_47_00 PM100
ST. LUCIESENIOR PARADISE LLCALF3/14/2021 5_12_00 AM001
Data provided by the Florida Department of Health. Last updated on 3/14/2021.

Data provided by the State of Florida.

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