Delta Variant Raises Concerns at Maryland Long-Term Care Facilities

Health officials are beginning to worry about outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities again as the delta variant causes an increase in cases in the country. With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and 81 percent of nursing home residents being vaccinated, deaths in long-term care facilities have decreased dramatically. However, the delta variant and the rate of vaccination among nursing home staff have caused some experts to worry. In some states, vaccinations rates among nursing home staff are less than 50 percent. The increase in cases with the rise of the variant is worrisome for Maryland nursing home residents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that although breakthrough infections (infections among those who are vaccinated) are rare but may be as transmissible, and warn that the delta variant is “highly contagious” and likely more severe. Health officials in some states have confirmed that unvaccinated staff members are spreading COVID-19 among nursing homes. An official in Mississippi said recently that there were over 100 outbreaks in the state’s long-term care facilities, 72 of them being in nursing homes. Seven residents died recently at a facility in Indiana where less than 50 percent of the staff was vaccinated. Some advocates have called for vaccine mandates for workers in long-term care facilities. Others worry that it will create more workforce shortages. In Maryland, over 10,000 residents have contracted COVID-19 and over 2,300 residents have died. 82% of residents have been vaccinated and 71% of staff.

Maryland nursing homes that accept Medicare and Medicaid patients are required to follow state and federal regulations. Federal regulations require nursing homes to provide adequate medical care to residents, which includes taking steps to investigate and control diseases within the facility, maintain a record of infections, isolate patients who become infected, and report diseases to local health officials. Maryland long-term care facilities that do not take adequate measures to prevent the spread of disease among residents or care for patients who contract a disease may be liable for injuries to residents. In a Maryland negligence claim, a plaintiff must show that the nursing home failed to meet its duty of care to adequately care for a resident in one or more ways. Maryland nursing home residents and their families may be able to file a claim against a long-term care facility for negligence, wrongful death, or another cause of action.

Maryland Attorneys Representing Nursing Home Residents

Maryland nursing home residents are often at the mercy of the nursing home. If a loved one is injured or gets sick at a nursing home, the facility may be liable for those injuries. The Maryland nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen take pride in advocating for the rights of victims against negligent nursing homes, incompetent health care providers, and other defendants, as well as their insurers. Call Lebowitz & Mzhen personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation so that they can evaluate the situation. Call them toll-free at (800) 654-1949 or contact them online today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation for your injuries.

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