Tenants in housing facilities for elderly and disabled persons are at elevated risk for serious outcomes or death from COVID because their age and other health conditions make them highly vulnerable.
Prevention is the best protection. But in many housing developments, neither management or tenants enforce or follow the best practice protocols for protection and mitigation.
The potential for a COVID disaster affecting elderly and disabled tenants has escalated because of the increased level of infection in many Massachusetts communities.
We are proud of Edith Stephenson, our colleague in Missouri who advocates for the rights of the elderly and disabled.
Preventing hospitalization, death from COVID-19
Those of us who are elderly and/or disabled are at increased risk for COVID-19, especially those who live in public and subsidized multifamily housing, do now seek effective public health measures.
We must speak out at this time of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic out of concern for the well-being of tenants of public and subsidized housing for elderly and disabled residents.
June 15, 2020
To the Honorable Chairs and Members of the Joint Committee on Public Health
S2753 An Act to Ensure the Collection of COVID-19 Data