Megan Pauly

Megan Pauly is a senior at Wichita State University, where she is majoring in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Economics. She plans to attend graduate school in journalism upon graduation.

Megan worked as a reporter and editor at Sunflower News for two years. Prior to her experience at the Sunflower, she studied abroad in Austria. Traveling is among Megan’s interests, as well as running, reading, language, singing, art, science, and—of course—writing and reporting.

Megan is excited to join the KMUW staff as a news intern and is looking forward to learning how to write for broadcast.

This is the story of two coronavirus outbreaks. The story of how rigorous infection control measures, rapid emergency response, and adequate staffing can make the difference between living and dying.

Crixell Matthews / VPM News

 

Before the COVID-19 outbreak was over, almost every resident of a small nursing home in the Shenandoah Valley would contract the virus. The facility’s administrator would get it, so many staff would quit it would become a struggle to keep the facility functioning, and 22 people -- about a fifth of the residents -- would die. 

A new data breakdown shows more than half of reported COVID-19 outbreaks in Virginia are in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. As of Tuesday morning, 56 out of 102 reported outbreaks had occurred in these settings.