‘It’s old people dying and old people sometimes dying alone’ Ombudsman for beleagured nursing home speaks out

The death toll at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has risen to 18 as authorities scramble to stop the worst coronavirus outbreak at a Hawaii nursing home.

Health officials finally confirmed 12 COVID-19 deaths at the beleaguered nursing home, bringing the total recorded fatalities due to the outbreak to 15. Three others are pending verification.

“It’s damn near every single resident. It’s kind of scary. It’s very sad. It just seems like it shouldn’t have had to happen. It’s old people dying and old people sometimes dying alone,” said Jackie Gardner, Hawaii island East side long-term care ombudsman. “We are the worst nursing home in Hawaii. We’ll have 50 or 60 deaths from it at the rate we’re going.”

‘It’s old people dying and old people sometimes dying alone’ Ombudsman for beleagured nursing home speaks out

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