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Hogan Orders Data Release From Individual Nursing Homes

April 27th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today directed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to take the necessary steps to publish data related to COVID-19 cases and fatalities associated with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other facilities providing congregate living for residents.

This week, the state’s coronavirus resource page, coronavirus.maryland.gov, will begin displaying available data for individual facilities, including cases and fatalities.

“As we plan our recovery, we are taking additional steps to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including older Maryanders,” said Governor Hogan. “Keeping Marylanders informed and being transparent with the facts continues to be at the heart of our response to COVID-19. We are grateful to the staff in our nursing homes working around the clock to save lives.”

This is the latest in a series of steps Governor Hogan has taken to address COVID-19 cases in nursing homes. On March 10, just a few days after declaring a state of emergency, Governor Hogan met with leaders of the long-term care community to field their concerns and affirm the administration’s commitment to the wellbeing of Maryland’s seniors. That same day, MDH issued strong guidance to long-term and continuing care facilities to restrict visitation and begin implementing infection control protocols.

On April 5, Governor Hogan announced a new wave of safety measures, directing expedited testing for symptomatic residents, personal protective equipment for staff, and the creation of separate observation areas for COVID-19 patients.

On April 7, Governor Hogan announced first-in-the-nation, statewide strike teams to support facilities with testing, infection control protocols, and on-site medical triage. The teams are comprised of members of the Maryland National Guard, representatives of local and state health departments, and EMS clinicians, as well as doctors and nurses from local hospital systems.

9 Responses to “Hogan Orders Data Release From Individual Nursing Homes”

  1. April 27, 2020 at 5:41 pm, Ken said:

    And now, since the governor has used his public health power to suspend HIPAA, revealing nursing home information is no longer a violation of law.

    One might surmise that before he did this, it was a problem.

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    • April 28, 2020 at 4:39 am, Mark said:

      > Every time you make up lies Ken, you only make yourself look even more foolish. And that’s putting it VERY politely!!

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  2. April 27, 2020 at 10:10 pm, jim said:

    Interesting that the post mentions nothing about the governor suspending HIPAA as you claimed he did. That was not the issue in the first place.

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    • April 28, 2020 at 4:54 am, Mark said:

      > Ken is just trying to weasel his way out of his indefensible position. Notice Ken doesn’t mention that HIPAA is a FEDERAL rule that Governors have NO authority to overrule willy-nilly?? Nor can Ken explain why hundreds of jurisdictions all over the USA have been naming facilities with the virus from day ONE without ANY HIPAA violations?? Just man up and admit you’re wrong Ken, or were you just being ‘sarcastic’ a la Trump?? lol https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/security/laws-regulations/index.html

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      • April 28, 2020 at 8:39 am, Ken said:

        > So, Mark, why did the governor feel the need to make this declaration? He was just, you know, in the mood?

        Come on Mark you can tell us. I’m sure you can make something up.

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        • April 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm, Mark said:

          > Hey Ken, Why don’t you try READING what the Gov.’s office SAID in the release above?? It answers your question so I don’t have to!! LOL
          ” “Keeping Marylanders informed and being transparent with the facts continues to be at the heart of our response to COVID-19.” See? Maybe they got tired of getting thousands of calls from panicked Marylanders trying to get info on loved ones??

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      • April 28, 2020 at 8:50 am, Ken said:

        > You know what, this isn’t worth the effort.

        As far as you being right, sure, Mark, you’re right about everything.

        Feel better? I know I do.

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        • April 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm, Mark said:

          > Not about anyone being right or wrong- about OUR PUBLIC servants being transparent with VITAL info or hiding things from the public FOR NO REASON just so they can cover their rear ends.

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  3. April 28, 2020 at 1:29 pm, Mark said:

    ” WCBC has learned that the second nursing home in Allegany County to have a staff member test positive for COVID-19 is Sterling Care Frostburg Village.” I’ll leave this here just to make you mad Ken!

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