Coronavirus creates emergency in nursing homes

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the U.S. are facing a crisis as hundreds of elderly residents test positive for COVID-19, a disease found to be particularly lethal to older adults.

The disease caused by the new coronavirus is spreading like wildfire at hundreds of elder care facilities, which are already at high risk for disease outbreaks because of close quarters, understaffing, lack of supplies and lax government oversight.

Advocates argue that while federal and state governments should be doing more to stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, officials are instead relaxing regulations intended to keep residents safe and are not being transparent about where outbreaks are occurring.

The Hill