by James C. Sherlock
I update here the continuing scandals in Virginia nursing home understaffing and COVID-19 testing.
In a quarterly update, the percentage of understaffed nursing homes and the Virginia’s relative standing among the states and D.C. in that statistic every quarter are posted on Medicare Nursing Home Compare. Here are the data from 03/30/2020:
- Fifty-one percent of Virginia nursing homes are understaffed (below average or much below average).
- Virginia ranks 45th worst of 51 among states and D.C. in percentage of nursing homes understaffed.
- Forty-two Virginia nursing homes are rated one star (much below average)
I will update Virginia COVID-19 testing data weekly.
- Virginia testing per million persons ranks 50th of 51 among states and D.C. (Only Kentucky is worse). Source covidtracking.com uses only official state government data and is updated daily. This ranking is from 04/24/2020
By DJ Rippert
Almost heaven. West Virginia state legislator Gary Howell is spearheading an effort to allow Virginia jurisdictions frustrated by Richmond a chance to join West Virginia. While this might seem like gimmickry, Howell claims that “43 out of 100 West Virginia house members are sponsoring a resolution that would let West Virginia accept some of the largely rural Virginia counties unhappy with how things are being run in Richmond.” More specifically, West Virginia State Senator Charles Trump (no relation, I don’t think) has invited Frederick County, Va., to cross over to the Mountain State. An editorial in the Roanoke Times says Sen. Trump is on “firm legal ground.” A good summary of the matter written by Hoppy Kercheval, dean of West Virginia talk radio, can be found here.
Plantation elite. Before West Virginia’s offer is pushed aside as nonsense, it makes sense to examine some of the history behind such a proposition. After all, as Kercheval points out, western Virginians getting fed up with Richmond-based rule is not exactly a new or unique thought. In my mind, Virginia has long been under the yoke of a minority of Virginians from the plantations of central and southeast Virginia. This “plantation elite” are led by families who claim to be descended from Pocahontas and who further self-define themselves as “the first families of Virginia.” Continue reading