COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents are surging and hospitals are overwhelmed with new coronavirus cases which is causing staff shortages, particularly in rural hospitals. Believe it or not, Monterey County is considered rural, with much of the South County spread out and this is where the majority of COVID-19 cases are occurring. We have had nursing home outbreaks in Carmel, Monterey, Salinas and Watsonville. “Nursing homes are not isolated from what happens in the community,” Carrie Henning-Smith, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, told The Wall Street Journal. Facilities in rural counties reported 18% of nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the week ended November 1, although they housed only 10% of the overall population. Please, please, take this season off and call off Thanksgiving with friends and family. Many health officials are extremely concerned that this holiday season is going to cause a new surge in cases.
Dr. Hugo Ferlito saw over a year of work come to fruition as he opened his free dental clinic with services for veterans, timed to be open for Veterans Day 2020. He will work with Dr. George Yellich, an oral surgeon affiliated with Montage Health, and several other volunteer dentists. It’s not clear why the government doesn’t offer dental benefits to Veterans and Seniors have no coverage either under Medicare. “Veterans Affairs has done a really good job with medical care but it’s crazy they don’t cover dentistry,” Dr. Ferlito told The Herald. Letting oral health problems go unchecked can have severe negative consequences on your health. The office is at the Montage Wellness Center on 2nd Avenue in Marina. Funding has been provided by Monterey County Gives, Montage Health and local Rotary clubs. Montage is allowing the dental office to use the office space free of charge, and also paid for construction improvements and is paying for utilities.