Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered an independent, third-party review of how Connecticut's nursing homes and assisted living centers prepared for and responded to the coronavirus pandemic, noting the findings could be helpful if the state faces a second wave this fall.
The Democrat said Monday that proposals will soon be solicited from third-party experts. In the meantime, he expects to meet with state lawmakers to determine the full scope of the review, which will include input from the operators of the long-term care facilities, unions representing the workers, patients, health experts and others.
"Obviously that was the tragic center for our state and the other 49 states, in terms of fatalities," said Lamont, referring to the nursing homes. "If there's a chance that there could be a second surge later on this summer, more likely in the fall, we want to be ready."
Lamont said "a strong outside group" will be able to focus on things like infection protocols, adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and what nursing homes might look like in the long-term.
To date, there have been more than 2,500 resident deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes across Connecticut, a number that represents more than 60% of the state's total deaths, which grew to 4,084 on Monday.