According to a recent news report, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has directed state officials to provide detailed information on COVID-19 cases in Maryland nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and is adding two additional drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in the state. As of May 2, there are over 24,000 confirmed cases in the state of Maryland, and 1,156 COVID-19 deaths. Maryland currently has the 12th highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita and the 10th highest death rate per capita in the country. The highest number of cases are in Prince George’s County (7,041), followed by Montgomery County (4,919).
The state maintains a coronavirus resource webpage and has recently begun to publish data on COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities in individual facilities in each county in Maryland. In nursing homes, assisted living homes, and group homes in the state there are now 3,218 confirmed resident cases, 525 resident deaths, 1,489 staff cases, and 8 staff deaths. Right now, Montgomery County has the highest number of total COVID-19 cases in nursing homes, assisted living homes, and group homes. In Montgomery County, there have been 717 confirmed resident cases, 382 confirmed staff cases, 148 resident deaths, and 1 confirmed staff death.
Examples of case information for certain facilities are as follows:
- Manor Care Silver Spring: 58 resident cases, 17 staff cases, and 16 resident deaths
- Regency Care of Silver Spring: 50 resident cases, 30 staff cases, and 10 resident deaths
- Rockville Nursing Home: 36 resident cases, 15 staff cases, and 13 resident deaths
- Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village: 47 resident cases, 16 staff cases, and 12 resident deaths
- Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane: 24 resident cases, 16 staff cases, and 8 resident deaths
- Montgomery Village Health Care Center had 32 resident cases, 11 staff cases, and 8 resident deaths
In addition to five drive-thru testing sites in Bel Air, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Waldorf, and White Oak, the state is adding two additional sites in Owings Mills and Prince Frederick. However, tests are offered only to people who have symptoms and are at high risk for complications from COVID-19—and only for those with an appointment and with an order from a health care provider.
Nursing home residents and their families may be able to recover compensation if residents have been injured or have died due to a facility’s negligent actions. Nursing homes must meet certain standards in caring for their residents, including having adequate policies and procedures in place to help prevent injury and death in different circumstances.
Contact a Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer
If your loved one has contracted COVID-19 at a Maryland nursing home, and you believe the facility may be at fault, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you regarding the proper steps to take. Other residents may be at risk if nothing is done. We invite and encourage you to call Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers, today for a free consultation so that we can evaluate the situation. Nursing home residents have rights and a nursing home attorney can help you determine whether to pursue a claim against the facility. Call us toll-free at (800) 654-1949 or contact us online today.