Over 25,000 Texans have died so far from COVID-19 – that’s more than the total populations of cities such as Kerrville, Plainview or Katy.
Perhaps one of the hardest-hit populations has been Texans living in nursing homes. May of them have experienced the virus sweep through and kill fellow residents, all while they have to live in lockdown with limited access to family members outside the facility or social activities.
Dr. Michael Krol is an assistant professor at UT-Austin’s Dell Medical School. He’s also the medical director at several nursing homes in the Austin area. He told Texas Standard that throughout the pandemic, nursing homes have faced a difficult balancing act, having to protect residents’ health while trying to maintain their personal freedom.