Nursing homes step up measures against virus

HELPING HAND: Nursing home resident Maria Castro receives assistance in  washing her hands from nurse Maria Casal Hernandez, left, at the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County Inc. in Miami. / AP PHOTO/BRYNN ANDERSON
HELPING HAND: Nursing home resident Maria Castro receives assistance in washing her hands from nurse Maria Casal Hernandez, left, at the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County Inc. in Miami. / AP PHOTO/BRYNN ANDERSON
From Seattle to Miami to Rhode Island, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly are stockpiling masks and thermometers, preparing for staff shortages and screening visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the coronavirus. In China, where the outbreak began, the disease has been much deadlier for the elderly. In Italy, the epicenter…

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