Healthcare officials asking for extra care, attention for elderly who are more at risk to contract coronavirus


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The elderly are most at risk during the coronavirus outbreak. To help keep them safe and healthy, the SEIU 1199 met to discuss the issue and create a standard protocol on how to handle COVID-19.

“You’ve got some of the folks that are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus and who are most medically fragile,” said Rob Baril, President SEIU 1199.

One of their primary concerns is making sure that people who come to visit family and friends inside senior living facilities or in hospitals are being adequately screened before coming through the door. They are now calling on Governor Ned Lamont to create better guidelines on how to handle that.

“Today, we rolled out the check for the vital signs and temperature for every person crossing into the care center,” said David Skiczulek, iCare Health Network. “We are also deploying the CDC questionnaires and surveys that every person will get crossing in the care center.”

Many schools across the state are temporarily closed during the outbreak, leaving guardians — many of which work in the healthcare field — to figure out what to do with their children.

“My biggest concern is having to choose between going to work and staying home with my kids, and coming into contact with somebody who has been infected with the COVID-19,” said healthcare worker Chelsea Daniels.

The workers know this is a two-way street, they can expose their clients, and their clients can expose them to COVID-19.

They are trying to figure out what is best for everyone before a positive test comes back and everyone is quarantined.

“If I have been exposed then I can’t go home for 14 days,” Daniels said. “I have little children I have a 1-year-old, a 2-year-old and an 11-year-old, and they need me at home, so I never really want to have to make that decision.”

Several hospitals have already started limiting visitor access to patients. Below are the requirements for Yale New Haven Hospital :

  • One visitor (18 years or older) per patient.
  • No one allowed with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or chills.
  • No visitors that traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
  • All visitors will be screened.

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital is also limiting restrictions to all visitors.

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