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Nursing Homes Seeing COVID Spike

September 8th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Nursing homes in Maryland are seeing another rise in coronavirus cases — and that means that facilities are having to suspend visits from loved ones. The halt to visitations has led to a new wave of despair in facilities that were struck hard by COVID-19. Maryland has 227 nursing homes and Governor Larry Hogan had ordered that all nursing home employees have had at least one vaccine dose by last week. Despite the mandate, outbreaks are rising in Maryland’s nursing homes. In July, fewer than 10 facilities had an outbreak. By early August, there were 33. On Friday, there were 92. Joe Demattos, President of Health Facilities of Maryland, says that while the governor’s mandate was a start and the numbers have improved- the challenge to get 100% vaccination rates among staff remains…