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Outbreaks

Nursing home officials search for answers

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes?

State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection against COVID-19.

A new outbreak was reported Friday, at a nursing home in Marmet. There, 23 residents and eight staff members have been stricken.

As of Friday, active outbreaks of COVID-19 were reported at nursing homes in 16 counties. The situation is growing worse, not better.

We do not mean this as criticism of local and state public health officials. In contrast to many other states, ours has done well in protecting nursing home residents. Clearly, however, we need to find the key to doing better — or more people will die.

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During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive.

Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8 years old, was hit by a bullet fired by one of four people who began shooting at a home where a teenager was having a birthday party. The little girl was rushed to a hospital, where she died.

We cannot recall a week this summer in which there was not at least one report of such violence. During the July 4 holiday weekend alone, six children were killed in shootings similar to that in Akron.

Gang violence — and that clearly is the reason for many of the shootings — has gotten out of control in many cities.

New gun control laws will not stop the violence. The trigger-happy gangsters already have firearms. If they need more, they will get them.

Somehow, this needs to stop — whatever it takes.

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