Kirby Weeden visited his wife, Darlene, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley just about every evening over the past five years, but when he arrived March 10, the doors were locked. Fairacres' decision to bar visitors coincided with news its leaders had been dreading: An administrative worker across the street from the residents had developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Weeden shrugged at the interruption of the couple's routine. There would be no watching "Jeopardy!" together that night or eating dinner while they caught up. He said he went to the mall instead, unconcerned. "I just didn't think much of it," he told The Denver Post. But by early March, the signs were clear that the pandemic could be devastating in places like nursing homes where older residents live inside and in close quarters. Nationally, as authorities work on a complete accounting, more than a third of deaths can be traced to senior-care facilities. To better understand what was happening as nursing facilities across Colorado closed their doors, The Denver Post interviewed a half-dozen families who lost a loved one at Fairacres Manor at the height of the pandemic — at least two of them from COVID-19 — as well as members of… Read full this story
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