A nursing home facility in Ohio with about 100 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing residents, the Columbus Colony for Elderly Care (CCEC), has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
At least 60 residents and 26 staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and a number has passed away, but the exact number of deaths is uncertain. This is from an email from CCEC and their management company United Church Homes.
Before I go into this story, I want to give some context. Residents and staff in nursing homes across the U.S. has been especially hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The federal government said at the beginning of June that almost 26,000 nursing home residents nationwide have died. NBC News said the number is likely closer to 40,000. That would them account for almost half of all deaths in the U.S.
The CCEC was established by the Ohio School for the Deaf Alumni Association (OSDAA). The OSDAA has a long history of providing services to elderly deaf individuals that goes back to 1896.
“The Daily Moth” has been in contact with a Deaf man, Willis Cook, who’s mother is a resident. He said his mother contracted the coronavirus. He took the time to go to the facility and shared his thoughts.