The Unexpected Effect of COVID on Retirement Group Homes in Gwinnett

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Three Gwinnett nursing homes had all, or nearly all, of their patients test positive for the Caronavirus according to data released by the Georgia Governor’s officer earlier this month.

PruittHealth Lilburn, one of the nursing homes tested, out of their 98 residents, 96 tested positive for the coronavirus. The two other homes where all of their residents tested positive were: Life Care Center of Gwinnett and Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett. All three of these facilities are also in the top 10 for COVID deaths out of 430 facilities in Georgia. Life Care Center of Gwinnett is the highest with 19 deaths.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), 8 out of 10 COVID 19 deaths were from adults ages 65 and up. This has caused many to be worried about the safety of those who are in group homes due to the potential spread between them in their community. 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp explained at a press conference, “This pandemic has hit nursing homes across the country especially hard, and I am thankful to our team as well as private-sector partners for making every effort to protect vulnerable Georgians.”  Sadly, a few days after that statement Governor Kemp lowered the restrictions on quarantine and allowed the elderly to leave group care homes. After reading this, one can’t help but wonder the neglect the elderly may now face during this pandemic.

Sophia Thomas, a 10th grader attending Parkview Highschool, has a grandmother who is currently in a nursing home. She says, “I never really thought about how dangerous it can be there. Our family allowed her to reside there because we thought it was much safer being surrounded by other people. I hope they tighten on safety measures so it can be safe for everyone, including my grandma.”

With the coronavirus numbers only increasing, precautionary measures are more important than ever. It is inevitable that as many have grown accustomed to the pandemic, they may be taking more irresponsible actions. Everyone must take proper precautions to protect themselves and the people around them.