The Woodlands Edition | June 2020

THEWOODLANDS EDITION 2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION Seniors, caregivers confront COVID19 COVID19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has caused nursing homes, senior living facilities and caregivers to adjust their strategies this spring. INSIDE 48

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WEWERE GIVEN THE GOAHEAD TOREOPENMAY 1; HOWEVER, WE HAVE BEEN TAKING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, AND I’VE BEEN IMPLEMENTINGA LOT OF THINGS FORMY STAFF TOPROTECT THEM.

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Seniors make up a smaller portion of confirmed COVID19 cases nationwide, statewide and locally, but they make up the majority of all deaths related to the disease.

DR. GUY LEWIS, TEXAS CENTER FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

60+

TEXAS

60+

UNITED STATES

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of cases

of deaths

of cases

of deaths

of cases

of deaths

Medical businesses adapt amid coronavirus challenges

*AS OF JUNE 2 **DATA FOR AGES 60+ NOT AVAILABLE

AGE

059 6069 7079 8089 9099 100109

CASES DEATHS

SOURCES: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

Like other small businesses around The Woodlands area, medical businesses such as dentists, plastic surgeons and private care practices were forced to operate at reduced capacities or close their doors in mid-March due to orders from Gov. Greg Abbott closing nonessential businesses. “We had just started to get to a pace to stay steadily busy. ... We were shut down essentially for around two months,” said Dr. James Tejada, who owns and operates WoodSprings Dentistry on Gosling Road. “We still had rent; we still had our monthly operating expenses for our software and equipment. Financially we are very blessed, but I was very concerned about my sta.” CONTINUED ON 50

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are at risk for illness caused by COVID19.

Adults’ immune systems often weaken with age, making them more vulnerable to illness and infection.

Older adults often have more comorbidities than younger people.

The density and demographics of nurs- ing homes could help spread disease.

SOURCES: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, CANDACE WALKLEYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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