An empty wheelchair laying inside a nursing home

Tragedy struck a nursing home in Kansas after around 16% of its residents died from COVID-19.

The private facility in Kansas, the Andbe Home, has confirmed all of its sixty-two residents, and some of its staff, tested positive for the virus, per a Norton Health Department press release.

Ten among its residents have died from it, one is now at the hospital, while the remaining fifty-one stays at the nursing home. 

According to the press release, some of the remaining staff members of the facility are also undergoing tests. 

The Health Department first reported the case last week, on Thursday. 

According to the Health Department, the Norton County Hospital administered the test among the staff and the residents at the nursing home.

After that, the tests were sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

The Department is currently working with the nursing home on the outbreak.

The Department is also taking steps to “prevent further outbreak” and informed family members of the residents.

Visitors are not allowed to the nursing home, and residents are currently undergoing quarantine.

An empty hospital bed in a nursing home signifying the death of a COVID patient

Nursing Homes Have it the Worse

Last month, the New York Times published a report saying 40% of the COVID-19 deaths in the US are linked to nursing homes. 

In fact, according to the report, more than 70,000 US deaths consist of residents and workers from different nursing homes.

According to the CDC, nursing homes have a “congregate nature,” making it easier for the virus to spread around. 

In addition, nursing home populations consist of older adults that often have underlying chronic conditions.

In other words, they have higher risks of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Cases in Kansas 

As of October 19, Kansas reported around 47,000 COVID-19 cases and 872 deaths in its state, per the Times interactive COVID-19 map.  

According to the Times, the state averages 780 cases per day for the past week. 

Moreover, Norton county, where the nursing home, Andbe Home is located, has the highest case in Kansas.


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