RIVERVIEW, Mich. – Metro Detroit nursing homes have been severely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
At the Regency Nursing Home in Livonia, 15 people died, while six people from SKLD, also in Livonia, died.
It has also been recently reported that seven people at Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview have died from COVID-19.
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Adilita Raya’s mother has been in Rivergate for years and Raya felt assured by the staff that everything was under control in the nursing home, even after the COVID-19 epidemic started.
However, things quickly changed.
Raya learned two days ago that her mother, Kay Cudnick, had a fever and cough. She was transferred to an isolated room. Raya learned on Friday that seven residents had died from the virus.
“Extremely overwhelming,” said Raya. “The whole family has been disturbed, and we are trying to call my mother and of course she does not answer. “
Raya said the phone calls went unanswered for an hour before she reached the person in charge.
“They must not only have the residents tested, but also the workers, because who knows who is walking around. Who knows who’s in bed with this? ” she said.
Raya called the governor’s office and licenses and state regulatory affairs (LARA) before an employee finally put her in touch with her mother.
“So I have to talk to her, but she’s very confused. She doesn’t like being alone in this room, “said Raya. “We haven’t seen her in a month. She feels like she has been abandoned. “
Raya said her family feels helpless.
LARA investigators visited the nursing home on Friday to ensure the well-being, safety and health of residents and staff.
It is not known if tests will be performed at Rivergate. Some cities may start copying the Detroit plan, which begins testing 160 residents a day, with results coming back almost immediately.
It is believed that the virus is mainly spread from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within a radius of about 6 feet).
- By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- Spread is possible before people have symptoms. People who have no symptoms can still carry the virus and can spread it to others.
Propagation of contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is located and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not the primary method used by the virus is spreading.
The ease with which the virus spreads
The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the gap is sustained, continuously expanding without stopping.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or cleaning cloth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Click here for more CDC guidelines.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare professional immediately.
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