Advocates of elderly, disabled argue for deeper COVID-19 cluster report

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Four of five COVID-19 fatalities in Kansas were people at least 65 years of age, but that group is a mere 11% of the population. Vulnerability of medically challenged people in large residential facilities makes public disclosure of outbreaks a “life or death” public service.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment offers a weekly summary of COVID-19 clusters.

Advocates for the elderly and disabled appreciate KDHE’s site-specific list, but suggest broadening information shared on long-term care facilities.

Read the full story from this episode.

IN THIS EPISODE

Rocky Nichols

Executive director of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas

Sean Gatewood

Works with the KanCare Advocates Network

Barb Hickert

State of Kansas’ long-term care ombudsman

Tim Carpenter

Host, Kansas Reflector podcast