Letters for May 23: Release nursing home info, take better care of residents

Letters for May 23: Release nursing home info, take better care of residents

Re “ Make nursing home data public ” (Our Views, May 17): Thank you for this editorial. Virginia’s continued refusal to release nursing home data on COVID-19 outbreaks endangers our public health, our loved ones and the staff who care for them. Virginia’s elected officials have been unresponsive to our calls and emails asking for more transparency. Gov. Ralph Northam’s and Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s offices don’t even send an automatic reply to emails. And with one exception, calls remain unreturned. Those of us with family members in nursing homes rely on rumors and watch as the number of facilities with outbreaks in our communities grow. Although deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities account for about 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the commonwealth, Virginia has displayed an appalling degree of complacency and a lack of urgency in protecting our most vulnerable citizens. West Virginia has already tested residents and staff in all of its nursing homes. At a recent press briefing Northam said it would be ambitious to test all of Virginia’s long-term care facilities in two weeks. Please join Virginia Advocates for Nursing Home Residents on Facebook to help us protect nursing home residents and staff. Re “ Stop the noise” (Your Views, April 28): I agree with Robert Unger’s letter about loud automobiles and speeding motorcycles. Here is an excerpt of a message I sent to Newport News City Council in November 2017: “I think loud automobile and motorcycle noise, due to nonstandard mufflers, […]

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