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"Who work in long term care facilities or who have family working in one. I'm calling from New York. My name is not just an works at a long term care facility level of disrespect that they've been seeing towards not only the workers but also the patients is just atrocious. They've had times where they have had multiple debts. Five six seven eight. That's within a twenty four hour period. People have been out sick with Kobe. Symptoms no one has said anything to them and allowed them to still get sick. Ppa has not been provided to them the administrative state. Nothing they still have yet to say. Thank you to the staff or show any kind of dedication that these people are doing and the harnessing themselves into it is beyond fully. Hi this is Linda calling from West Palm Beach. I have a sister in Atlanta Georgia who works as a physical therapist and senior living facility Her patient was diagnosed with Kovac nineteen. she was alerted and had to take a test. My sister's initial test came back positive. She had to pay hundred sixty five dollars or that. Test has filed a workman's comp claim to subsequent tests proved that she is negative so three tests total and she is no longer working. Thank you nurses that long term care facilities develop close relationships with their patients and their families this gut wrenching for them to lose their patients like this when my sister was six. You repeatedly blamed herself and thought that she was a failure so far from the failure just and fighting through possible odds help as many people as she can to be healthy and safe. Everyone needs to support her and her colleagues in arms by staying home and staying healthy this virus not a joke and it should not be taken lightly. My name is Becky and calling for Morris County New Jersey. Tell us your experience working in a nursing home or assisted living facility. You can call us at eight seven seven eight. My take while densely populated states like New York New Jersey have been hit hard by cove. Nineteen the area with the third highest infection rate in the country is the largely rural Navajo nation according to NPR to date the Navajo Department of Health has reported more than twenty three hundred confirmed cases of Corona virus and more than seventy deaths out of nearly twelve thousand tests in order to understand why the Navajo nation has been hit so disproportionately. It's important to look at the broader healthcare picture for the tribe decades of federal underfunding of the Indian Health Service have resulted in understaffed and under resourced medical providers and the US Department of Agriculture considers most of the Navajo nation. A food desert due to a limited number of grocery stores and access to fresh produce on the Navajo nation. We are looking now at a pandemic on top of epidemics that we currently have. We have the highest rates of diabetes and heart related food related diseases and this is something that has been an issue pre-coded that's Denisa Livingston a tribal DNA citizen denies the name that Navajo Nation members used for their tribe. Denisa is a community health advocate with the DNA community advocacy alliance as well as the slow food international indigenous counselor of the global north. I spoke with her to get a better sense of what grassroots efforts to combat covert nineteen look like on the Navajo nation and she began by telling me about the work being done to get food and water to tribal citizens currently in need. We see donations coming in including water supplies. Ppe's and and food And that has been a very challenging ordination of breaching all of our citizens across three states as we're looking at the size of places like West Virginia and trying to channel in and also help those that are greatest need in the remote areas of the denomination and Some projects that have also continued to operate. Is the water project. It's called dig deep and one. Third of our dinette. People do not have a sink or toilet and also one third do not have every day water access and so they're hauling water and even in this case they pay about sixty seven times more for water that they hall versus pipe water. And so when we're looking at the food access and the water access. It is a critical urgency and cry out to to be able to to try to meet the needs of our people Denisa. Are you seeing efforts to build trust between health officials and Navajo nation leaders and members during this pandemic? Of course I cannot speak on behalf of the tribal government and and also the healthcare facilities as a concern tribal member in also community health advocate. It is very concerning that the narratives that we see in the stories and what we're going through and families and what they're experiencing do not match the numbers that we see. We know that there is under testing. We know that there's a lack of transparency even when we're speaking about the eastern dramatic terms So of our folks have called and messaged emailed and see what does that mean. The terminology is also not out of the public health education. That should be of course. Our tribe in community members have been creating culturally sensitive. Psa's and announcements regarding this but really understanding the depth of covert nineteen and how the symptoms operate and also held the virus mutates. And I know that folks are doing what they can but we still need to be able to engage the community at large when it comes to Public Health Education. It tell me more about the Public Health. Messaging particularly in regards to being culturally sensitive. What does the messaging look like to connect to your community members right now so some of the messages are in our language and also? Some of the messages are more geared towards protecting our elders as we know they are very precious to us and as we know that the knowledge holders and wisdom barriers and so there is that question you know. How do we you know our tech them? In a way that the community members of family members know exactly you know how to navigate that process washing hands is also a concern when it comes to the situation because washing hands is also affecting the cultural practice that we have acknowledging each other by shaking hands and finding ways that we don't show disrespect and before we were fist bumping and also elbow bumping. But now you know just allow in our community members to know that it's not out of disrespect that we can't shake hands but let's be mindful and also honor one another's presence in a way that you know that were honoring one. Another without shaking. Hands has also been something that people have been talking about but also Some of the other terms to that we're trying to bring awareness at DCA are the terms of self isolation. They we have to be mindful of what we use these terms of what self isolation myself Corinthian quarantine in remote areas as we know these are just recommendations. And this also goes you know for my grandma. Grandma lives in remote area and I spoke with her the other day and she said you know we're told to stay inside her house and she said I've just been staying inside when my grandma's act if she's outside she's normally planting she's normally taking care of the seeds and at this time doing that effort the second time I called To check on her how you doing. She said we're still staying inside so the messaging. That's coming from the top down as well needs to be in a way where yes it applies in most situations but what about when my grandma or other community members have neighbors that are not you know a few feet away or down to hallway but are you know miles even space in in a way where you know. They don't have that contact with one another so I told her. Grandma is you know it's okay to plant your seeds. It's okay to get outside and so really looking at these terms as we're looking at different cultures and and of course you know here in the US you know. There are mini cultures and many practices as we are heating. You know to the CDC's recommendations or recommendations coming from the top down. But what are those? Messages? What are those things to improve our ways and practices to be proactive rather than being reactive at this time into skill impact from the community members perspective and also in solidarity in Collaboration Partnership With One. Another about overcoming. The place that we are at right now. Denisa Livingston is a tribal deny citizen and community health advocate with the DNA community advocacy alliance Denisa. Thanks very much for being here. Thank you very much. That's all for us today. Thank you so much for joining us. We want to let you know that we'll be staying on a few stories all week long following our conversation today about long term care facilities. We'll look at the effects of extended isolation on the elderly many of whom were battling the health effects of loneliness at this moment and will keep talking about what it means to quote re open the US by zooming in on Georgia's efforts and asking what we can learn from past pandemics to plus we'll hear from you about how you think daily life will have changed when the worst of all of this is behind us. I probably won't go to the grocery store every day. I think one thing will keep is have less structure for kids weekends especially saved a lot of money to share your take on this or anything else by leaving a message at eight seven seven eight might take or by sending us a tweet at the takeaway. Thank you so much for listening. I'm should meet the best sue in for Tanzania Vega and this is the takeaway..