FEW days after the deadly flooding that swept through the state, Virginia nursing homes have not yet seen their patients.
A new report from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan think tank, paints a bleak picture of the state’s struggling facilities, where some are still in the process of restoring their services after flooding, as well as the state as a whole.
The report found that of the 14,633 Virginia nursing home beds that remain open, just 13 percent of them are filled.
The rest are being used to house patients with serious illnesses, including Ebola.
It is not clear whether the remaining nursing homes will ever reopen.
Virginia nursing homes were hit particularly hard by the flooding.
A report released by the state on Monday found that the total number of nursing homes that are currently under water in Virginia has increased by more than 50 percent since June, the third-highest rate of growth among states in the past decade.
The report also found that Virginia’s population has increased more than fivefold since 2000.
The number of residents has increased fivefold in just five years.
Virginia is one of only two states in America where the nursing home population has not recovered, according to the report.
In 2016, there were just 14,927 nursing homes in Virginia, and the state had just 2,097.
But the state still faces the potential for more challenges than it’s ever faced before, as its population continues to grow, according the report, released on Monday.
“This is a real problem for the state,” said Chris O’Brien, vice president of research and analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation.
“Virginia has the highest uninsured rate in the country, and they are going to have to grapple with that as they continue to expand.”
Virginia’s problems come as the country struggles to recover from the devastating flooding that hit Texas and Louisiana in April and May of this year.
According to a recent report from Reuters, the number of people living in shelters has grown by over half in the U.S. in the first half of the year compared to the first quarter of 2018.
As the number and severity of the storms continue to intensify, the Virginia nursing house population is expected to continue to grow.
The state’s population increased by 1.3 percent in 2017 to 2,922, and is expected increase by nearly 2 percent in 2018 to 3,054, according Toomey.
In a statement to the news outlet, the governor said that while the nursing homes remain under extreme stress, they have a duty to help their residents and the citizens of Virginia.
“We must take every opportunity to make sure that all of our people can continue to get the care and care they need,” O’Malley said.
Read more about the flooding in Virginia here