Local news for Columbia, South Carolina reported on an increase of coronavirus cases that could seriously affect hospital capacity and nursing homes in the state.
Coronavirus cases rising as testing increases
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that there were about 1300 new confirmed cases around the state and 10 more additional deaths since their last formal report. Out of the entire state’s hospitals, it is estimated that about 800 beds are occupied by individuals who have already tested positive for coronavirus.
About 28,000 people in the state have already contracted the virus and just under 700 have died since the start of the pandemic. Most of the deaths were from elderly individuals in Charleston, Beaufort, Greenville, and Lexington Counties. Two recent deaths were also reported involving middle aged people.
Public health officials in the state have now given just under 400,000 tests and these have a turnaround time of one to two days. The lab that conducts these tests for the state is now open seven days a week for extended hours to get results out quickly. About 15% of all people getting tests were returning positive results at the time of the news report.
Mobile testing sites were also an important part of the state’s plan. There were 61 mobile facilities with the capacity to test hundreds of people a day. These kinds of testing sites are especially important in the state’s rural communities.
The pandemic and national problems with nursing homes
Nursing homes have come under special focus during the pandemic due to the vulnerability of the people housed inside. They are essentially left in a confined space for most or all of the day with no way to get outdoors and away from the virus if it is spreading around inside. Many of these people are also very old or very sick already, meaning that an infection can certainly prove to be fatal. If these problems are not brought to a home’s attention by a concerned resident or a governing body, it may be too late by the time they realize what has happened.
Suing a negligent facility
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are routinely brought into court for allowing people to die, get sick, or be subjected to abuse while under their care. The main remedy for a victim is a civil case that will help with payments for medical treatment and related losses that are the fault of the facility and its employees.
Speak with a lawyer about problems at a nursing home
There are legal professionals who serve clients in the Columbia area with superior legal representation. To learn more about whether bringing a case against a nursing home is the right option for you, contact:
1116 Blanding St., #3A, Columbia, SC 29201