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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:28 PM

6 Die as Coronavirus Races Through Upscale Retirement Community in N.Y.

Source: New York Times

The first sign appeared two weeks ago, when an employee tested positive for coronavirus. By Wednesday, Peconic Landing, an upscale elder community on the North Shore of Long Island, announced its sixth death from the virus, sparking fears of an even bigger outbreak among a vulnerable, confined population.

What was a peaceful waterfront resort by the shores of Long Island Sound has become a scene emergency crews in hazmat suits. Employees worked double shifts to cover for missing workers; when one threw out her mask to go on break, her supervisor reprimanded her for not reusing it.

Visitors trying to check in with parents were turned away at the gates, and families were advised that removing their relatives was even riskier than keeping them there. Im 90 years old, Id like to die naturally, one resident told her son. But I dont want to die for this.
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Nursing homes and other group residences for older adults are particularly susceptible to the pandemic, because residents are in close contact with one another and with the workers, and because many residents already have other health problems and weakened immune systems.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/nyregion/coronavirus-peconic-landing-nursing-home.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage



Even though I am old myself, I've never personally faced the challenges of long term care for aging parents, both of mine died suddenly though years apart.

My heart goes out to everyone who is or who has loved ones in these facilities. This virus seems designed to target people in places where we thought they would be most well cared for.

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Reply 6 Die as Coronavirus Races Through Upscale Retirement Community in N.Y. (Original post)
bluewater Mar 26 OP
Zoonart Mar 26 #1
TreasonousBastard Mar 26 #2
totodeinhere Mar 26 #3
JudyM Mar 26 #4
zonkers Mar 26 #6
JudyM Mar 26 #7
zonkers Mar 26 #8
iluvtennis Mar 26 #5

Response to bluewater (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:36 PM

1. My heart goes out to all of the families dealing with this heartache.

I lost three parents... mom, dad, and MIL within 1yr of each other in 2018 and 2019. They were in various nursing facilities with many extreme health issues. I never thought that I would be glad that they are gone, but I cannot imagine what these folks and their families are going through now. The mental anguish must be unbearable.
After this is all over there is going to be a massive outbreak of PTSD that will be very difficult to deal with. We all need to pace ourselves mentally so that we are in a position to help others in our families that will need a steady emotional support system.

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Response to bluewater (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:45 PM

2. Until recently I lived a couple miles from Peconic Landing, and...

I happen to know quite a few people who live there. It is really quite a beautiful place, and if I had the coin, I wouldn't mind living there myself.

However, although they have health related facilities, it is not a nursing home (there's an excellent one of those a few miles further down the road) and I know a woman in hr 90s who fell in her bathroom and lay there there for two days until a relative found her on the floor.

So, while I have nothing against old folks places, or health-related places (my mother lived in one for years) this one seems to be run more for the glitz than for the actual well-being of its residents.

Many of us were shocked that it had one of the first Corona cases out here, and even more shocked that it kept having more cases.

Maybe we shouldn't have been so shocked...

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Response to bluewater (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:20 PM

3. It will spread rapidly through any facility that has people in close contact with one another.

This would also apply to jails and prisons. Inmates and staff are at very great risk. It would also apply to some homeless shelters.

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Response to bluewater (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:50 PM

4. Struggling with this, myself.

Dont want to leave my mom in her assisted living ...

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Response to JudyM (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:54 PM

6. In same boat as you.... BUt even if i went and got her... what if I have it

and give it to her? At least mine is locked down deep in memory care area. Such a quandry. Best to sit tight and trust facility. In my case at least Good luck. God Speed

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Response to zonkers (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:07 PM

7. I get what you mean.

But I feel like the chances of my having it are less than the chance of any number of staff and residents at her place having it. One person vs a lot of people.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:56 PM

8. True. Tough one.

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Response to bluewater (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:20 PM

5. So sad. Sending up a prayer for those lost abd recovery for the others impacted.

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