The battle within: Pandemic fight at nursing homes proves costly on many levels

Updated on May 6

DESIGNATED SITE: Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Pawtucket was designated in late April by the state as a site capable of admitting and treating COVID-19 patients after they are discharged from hospitals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
DESIGNATED SITE: Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Pawtucket was designated in late April by the state as a site capable of admitting and treating COVID-19 patients after they are discharged from hospitals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Rhode Island nursing homes banned visitors in early March as their first defensive move against COVID-19, Susan McGovern and her co-workers at Linn Health & Rehabilitation took on extra layers of responsibility. New rules suddenly altered McGovern’s daily routine as a certified nursing assistant at the East Providence facility, where she has worked for…

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