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COVID-19 and Workers at Risk: Examining the Long-Term Care Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting significant challenges for many segments of the health care industry. For the long-term care (LTC) industry, which includes facility settings such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs), and home health (HH) providers, which deliver clinical and personal care services in the home, coronavirus infections are a grave concern for LTC providers and service users alike. Since the COVID-19 pandemic first surfaced in the United States, outbreaks in LTC facilities have been widespread, and it is estimated that about one-fifth of all deaths from COVID-19 are tied to nursing facilities. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill if they become infected with the novel coronavirus, and the congregate nature of long-term care facilities, such as SNFs and ALFs, can increases risk of transmission.


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David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick, Washington and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.

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