Josephine, Terry Robertson, Republican Party discussed on 90.3 KAZU Programming

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It's North star. It's become a Trump party and The party is bigger than a president or any individual and I I'm not sure what they stand for anymore. It's not the party that I joined many, many years ago. So it's just gonna be an issue The Republican Party. I mean, Biden's gonna have Some management issues as well in his own party with his left wing, But I've always said it's not the left wing of the right wing of American politics that govern and it's the center left seven right center right that govern this country. And both parties. I think you're in a state of turmoil. That's former senator and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Thank you for your time. Thank you. The last week of December was the deadliest yet for people in nursing homes with more than 6400 deaths. More than a third of all covert 19 deaths are now linked to long term care Corona virus. Vaccines are reaching more and more facilities, but many worry they won't come soon enough. To stave off a lot more deaths Will stone reports Terry Robertson had no interest in waiting till the second week of January to start vaccinating the residents and staff of the long term care community he runs north of Seattle. We got notice from CVS January 9 was our first date. Not that that doesn't work. So Robertson switch to another pharmacy. One that was able to bring the first doses to Josephine. Caring community much sooner. Just a few days after Christmas, you know, I just catch me and my dreaming is the nightmare over. I'm just like, Wow, this thing could really be over. In the late fall. The Corona virus was rampant in this northwest corner of Washington state. Eventually it got a foothold and Josephine residents just had so many sex positive and we're doing everything we can. By early December, more than 170 people had been infected. Some died. And it's the same story in nursing homes and assisted living communities in dozens of states. Unfortunately, even though we've been at this for so many months, not that much has changed. That's tomorrow Cadets ska professor who studies long term care at the University of Chicago, She says the research is clear. Even the best run nursing homes are not impervious to outbreaks. When there's a reservoir of disease in surrounding city or town all along. It's just been delusional that we could have these areas with high community spread and somehow protect long term care residents. It just doesn't work Staff come and go. Some work at multiple places and residents move in and out to the vaccine is a key turning point. But Connecticut says it's not a magic bullet. I think it'll dramatically reduce the number of deaths that we see. But will it eliminate the problem? Not yet there will need to be multiple rounds of vaccination to deal with the churn of staff and residents. In Pennsylvania and many states. At least half of all covert deaths are linked to long term care. Zach Shamberg leads an industry group in the state, He says nursing homes, which have struggled to get Peopie remained desperate since day one of the pandemic We have fought for one thing, and that's prioritization. And it's no different now than it was 10 or 11 months ago. Some of Samberg's members aren't scheduled to get the vaccine until late January, or even early February. Elaine Ryan with AARP says there just hasn't been enough transparency about nursing home outbreaks and now vaccines. It is an American tragedy. It's a national disaster. It's not that we don't know how there is a lack of accountability. Some states, including West Virginia in Connecticut, are doing well with vaccinating. So, says Mark Parkinson, with the American Health Care Association. Every week that the vaccine is delayed in long term care facilities will mean at least an additional 4 to 6000 deaths. So there's just no excuse for any governor not making this an incredible priority, but so far he thinks the U. S. Is on track to meet the goal of getting every facility. It's second dose by March. For NPR news. I'm will stone You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. And this is 90.3 K a Z, you streaming at Kay's ew dot or G'kar. Good evening. I'm Erica Mahoney in local Cove in 19, updates Monterey, Santa Cruz and Sam Benito counties remain under the state's regional stay home order. As of this afternoon,.

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