Bucks Co. Nursing Home Disputes State COVID-19 Data

BUCKS COUNTY, PA — At least one local nursing home is disputing the state’s data on the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

Officials at the Lutheran Community at Telford said the facility had no cases or deaths, despite the state’s data from June 10 indicating it has had 48 cases and eight deaths.

Ellen Shrager, the community’s Executive Director, said she has received numerous calls from concerned residents and families regarding the data and is very frustrated.

She addressed the matter in a letter to residents and families, which she also shared with Patch.

“To confirm, as of today, there have been zero cases of COVID-19 reported for residents in any level of living on our campus since the onset of the pandemic. We are very proud of our mitigation efforts and immensely grateful to our dedicated staff for the care and strict adherence to the guidelines we instituted

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Many Americans haven’t seen or touched another person in 3 months because of COVID-19

In the early days of her quarantine, Ema Martinez maintained a routine: for 15 minutes each day, she would throw herself a “pity party” and weep. 

Living alone in her home in Lubbock, Texas, Martinez used to watch her 3-year-old grandson, Hendrix, so often that he has his own bedroom for overnight visits. But after Martinez, who suffers from chronic leukemia, decided she had to quarantine alone to protect herself from the coronavirus, the room sat empty and silent. 

“I’d sit for 15 minutes and cry because I missed my grandson and I was convinced I was never going to see him again,” she said. “And then I’d move on.”

As cities and states slowly re-open their economies and ease back on social distancing regulations, many Americans are skipping the rush back to restaurants and gyms and choosing to stay home instead, their isolation now stretching into a third

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