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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A dozen nursing home residents died from COVID-19 in Connecticut over a recent two week period, which is the largest number since mid-August, new data released Friday showed.There were 125 positive cases of COVID-19 among residents between Nov. 10 and Nov. 23, with 12 deaths, according to state Department of Health data. Sixty-seven staff also tested...
    More than 100 people filled the dining room at Ararat Nursing Facility to celebrate Thanksgiving. Children and grandchildren embraced their loved ones. Friends in wheelchairs sat beside one another chatting in Armenian. Residents rose from their seats to dance to “Hey Jan Ghapama,” an Armenian song written about a stuffed pumpkin dish. At one of the tables in the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has announced the state is ramping up efforts to get older residents vaccinated with a COVID-19 booster shot by bringing special clinics to nursing homes.The move comes as the state has seen its highest infection rates since early September.Lamont on Monday encouraged everyone who is eligible to get a booster shot.While 84%...
    Republicans in Wisconsin have upped the operational tempo in their ongoing war on free and fair elections. Trump stalwart United States Senator Ron Johnson is exhorting state GOP legislators in his home state to illegally seize control of federal election administration over the objections of the governor. Johnson's plan is contravened not only by a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling, but...
    MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A rally is being held in Manhattan by nursing home workers protesting stalled contract negotiations.SEIU 1199 union workers gathered at 42nd Street and Broadway around 5 p.m. on Wednesday and plan to march to their headquarters at 498 Seventh Ave in Midtown and hold a candlelight vigil.The nursing home workers are protesting over stalled contract negotiations...
    A Connecticut man is facing charges for allegedly making online threats against Gov. Ned Lamont after receiving misinformation about COVID-19 in nursing homes, State Police announced. New London County resident Jonathan Wright, age 41, of Waterford, was arrested on a warrant on Monday, Nov. 15 after making threats on social media toward the governor in late October. Police said...
    MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (WCCO) — Tough decisions for Minnesota nursing homes as a looming vaccine mandate is making a staffing shortage even worse. WCCO traveled to Montevideo where one care facility is bracing for a third of its workforce to potentially walk away. READ MORE: Nearly Every Minnesota ICU Bed Is Currently In Use Amid COVID SurgeLuther Haven Nursing Home has...
    FLEMINGTON, New Jersey (WABC) -- One horse is bringing smiles to seniors at medical centers and assisted living facilities in New Jersey.There is so much more going on in the world besides politics, pandemic and supply chain shortfalls.A horse named Bucky and her buddy, Roger Sorhagen, made a simple, sweet visit to the Independence Manor Care Facility."Just completely fulfilling to...
              more   Michigan State Senator Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on Wednesday penned a letter to Auditor General Doug Ringler, calling for a series of audits to be conducted within the state’s nursing homes. Specifically, the call for the investigation seeks to review the facilities’ inspections during and after COVID-19 lockdowns. The request from Theis was sparked by the disappearance and death...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Friday directed nursing homes to open their doors wide to visitors, easing many remaining pandemic restrictions while urging residents, families and facility staff to keep their guard up against outbreaks. The new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services instructs nursing homes to allow visits at all times for all residents. Facilities...
    Nursing homes across the country are feeling the effects of the ongoing labor shortages, according to multiple reports. Nursing home jobs are down 221,000, or 14% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst labor shortage among all health care providers, according to a report released by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While 86.9% of workers in nursing home across the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are still a handful of facilities where fewer than two-thirds of workers have received at least one shot, according to data released Monday by the Maryland Department of Health. Dennett Road Manor in Garrett County and Chesapeake Woods Center in Dorchester...
    Helena Apothaker was raw with grief for her mother, who had died of COVID-19 as the virus swept through a care facility in Beverly Grove, when she heard the news that infuriated her: The facility had admitted a new resident amid the pandemic. It “did not quarantine him, did not test him, and let him walk through that building,”...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s disease control agency on Thursday reported the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute, or RKI, said 33,949 new cases had been registered in the last 24 hours, up from 28,037 daily cases a week ago. The previous record was 33,777 new cases on Dec. 18, 2020....
    COVID-19 cases have declined in Florida in the last six weeks, but the state’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living centers are facing myriad financial crises aggravated by the pandemic and a growing labor shortage, according to the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). “The pandemic has exacerbated the double-edged workforce and financial crises, which continue to threaten Florida's nursing homes...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health reported the state’s highest and lowest skilled nursing facility staff COVID-19 vaccination rates Monday. Over 100 of the state’s nursing facilities have over 90 percent of their staff vaccinated. Maryland’s mandate that all hospital and nursing home staff be vaccinated took effect September 1. Nursing homes that do not comply with...
    PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORREECTIONS/FACEBOOKAmid fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and worker shortages, Florida lawmakers will consider proposals to inject nearly $100 million into nursing homes and boost pay of state correctional officers. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, a panel of House and Senate members that can make mid-year budget decisions, is slated to take up the issues during...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and worker shortages, Florida lawmakers next week will consider proposals to inject nearly $100 million into nursing homes and boost the pay of state correctional officers. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, a panel of House and Senate members that can make mid-year budget decisions, is slated to take up the...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sheriff who supports former President Donald Trump accused the bipartisan state Elections Commission of breaking the law during last year’s election, taking the unusual step Thursday of detailing the allegations publicly even though no charges have been filed. Racine County Sheriff Charles Schamling called on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to investigate the commission’s...
    ROME (AP) — Amnesty International is calling for an independent parliamentary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in Italian nursing homes and reports of retaliation against nursing home staff who spoke out about unsafe conditions there. Amnesty based its findings on interviews with 34 health care workers, as well as union leaders and lawyers. A third of the workers “raised concerns...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Nine nursing homes or congregate living facilities have 100% fully vaccinated taffers, while nearly 100 other facilities across the state have reached a rate of 91% or better, according weekly data released by the Maryland Department of Health on Monday. “More than 88 percent of Maryland nursing home staff have received at least one dose of...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEFlorida led the nation in the rate of COVID-19 nursing-home deaths during a four-week period that ended Sept. 19, according to a report published Thursday by the senior-advocacy group AARP. The report, which relies on federal data, said Florida nursing homes reported 289 resident deaths from COVID-19 during the period. The Florida deaths represented nearly 14...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Staffing at Illinois nursing homes is reaching a breaking point, and it's disproportionately impacting people of color during the pandemic, according to a new state report."Black and brown customers were disproportionately impacted by disease and death because they were more likely to reside in poorly staffed facilities and in ward-style rooms containing four or five beds," said...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul is apologizing to families who lost loved ones, after her predecessor ordered nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. On Wednesday, CBS2’s Jessica Moore spoke with a woman who was in that private meeting with the governor about what happened and asked Hochul how she plans to make things right. READ MORE: Understaffing At...
    New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a small percentage of health care workers have been fired or have resigned after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the state's mandate. During a news briefing on Wednesday, Hochul revealed between 94 percent and 97 percent of staff at hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities and home health agencies have gotten...
                        A bill that would allow loved ones and legal guardians to put cameras in nursing home rooms, allowing them to monitor the treatment of the resident, is making significant progress in the Ohio legislature. SB 58 provides that as long as the resident’s guardian or attorney fills out...
    ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images Fox News’ Janice Dean, New York Assembly Member Ron Kim, and more met with Governor Kathy Hochul Tuesday to call for “full accountability” on covid-19 nursing home deaths. Prior to the sexual harassment scandal that led to his resignation, former Governor Andrew Cuomo came under fire for covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes. A...
    Getty Images This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way some older people and their relatives think about long-term care for those who cannot live independently, moving towards at-home care rather than nursing homes and other senior care facilities. But...
    New York reporters and lawmakers hit the state Department of Health for accusing the press of reporting inaccurately about the availability of staff at nursing homes, despite public statements by Gov. Kathy Hochul pledging to have a backfill of workers. Nursing homes have begun to feel strained in the wake of New York's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers....
    NEW YORK (AP) — One in three U.S. nursing homes has fewer nurses and aides than before the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the truth of a profit-driven industry with too few caring for society’s most vulnerable. Even before the coronavirus began sweeping through facilities, most homes kept staffing at levels below what many experts see as adequate. Now, things are even...
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When Natalie Walters arrived at her father’s nursing home, the parking lot was nearly empty and, inside, the elevator made no stops. On the 13th floor, the lights were off and the TVs silent. The last time she was allowed inside, nine months earlier, aides passed in the hall and a nurse waved from the records...
    CONCORD, N.H (CBS) — Nursing homes in New Hampshire may be forced to make some drastic choices because they don’t have enough workers. Officials say they may need to sell or even close some centers. READ MORE: Hotels Looking Forward To Business Boost From Boston MarathonPresident of the New Hampshire Health Care Association Brendan Williams said there’s a growing sense...
    The Delta variant caused a spike in COVID-19 cases in nursing homes over the summer leading to the highest number of deaths seen since winter 2021. A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that more than 19,000 infections were reported in nursing homes in August, a nearly 500 percent jump from the 3,200 seen the previous month....
    DENVER (CBS4)– A state senator is asking for an audit of Colorado’s COVID-19 testing program amid questions about an $89 million contract with a startup company called Curative. The company was founded by a 25-year-old entrepreneur and makes tests only approved for use in people with symptoms. (credit: CBS) But last fall, as COVID cases climbed, the Colorado Department...
    Denise King, a staff member at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Walgreens Pharmacist Annette Marshall, in Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 2020.Yuki Iwamura | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that an average of 60% of nursing home personnel in the U.S....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The information is now being made available through the “Care Compare” feature at Medicare.gov, the online tool for basic research...
    There are few groups more vulnerable than those living in nursing or assisted living homes, the pandemic notwithstanding. However, with the pandemic raging on, many older folks are isolated or missing regular visits with family, friends, or community members. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is, of course, an enormous priority when it comes to nursing homes, especially as anti-vaxxers in...
    Florida led the nation in nursing home resident and staff deaths in the four weeks ending Aug. 22, the American Association of Retired People (AARP) reported Wednesday in a “four-week snapshot” analysis. According to the Florida Fact Sheet webpage accessible via AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard , 237 residents and 13 staff in state nursing homes died from the...
    The Illinois Department of Public Health was in the hot seat Wednesday during a House committee hearing on nursing home reform. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities house a small part of the U.S. population, but are estimated to account for about 3 in 10 deaths from COVID-19. IDPH reported 46% of all deaths from COVID-19 in Illinois occurred...
    Nursing assistants in long term care facilities - who work closest with vulnerable residents - are the least likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than any other staff position, a new study finds.  An analysis was performed by researchers from the University of Rochester, in New York, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They found that less than half, only...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As the delta variant of the coronavirus caused Florida to become a hotspot for COVID-19 in late July and August, the state’s nursing homes also felt the brunt. Using federal data, the senior-advocacy group AARP released a report Wednesday that said 237 Florida nursing-home residents died of COVID-19 during a four-week period that ended Aug. 22 —...
     (CNN) — The Louisiana Department of Health was aware of plans from seven nursing homes to evacuate their residents to a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, to shelter during Hurricane Ida. Seven residents died before state health officials transported hundreds of people from the warehouse to other nursing facilities on September 2, five days after the hurricane tore through the state. READ...
    (CNN)The Louisiana Department of Health was aware of plans from seven nursing homes to evacuate their residents to a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, to shelter during Hurricane Ida. Emergency vehicles respond to evacuate people at a mass shelter Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Independence, La. Seven residents died before state health officials transported hundreds of people from the warehouse to...
    "We did not find differences in nonreporting by facility characteristics (i.e., region, ownership, chain affiliation, or star rating) as of May 24," the researchers said. "This implies that facilities of all types omitted previous cases and deaths in the first NHSN submission. This may demonstrate a widespread inability of nursing homes to reliably collect data early in the pandemic or...
    More than 68,000 COVID-19 cases and 16,000 deaths among nursing home residents are unaccounted for in federal data, a new study suggests. Researchers at Harvard University compared federal data to local data for 20 states with comprehensive information on Covid in nursing homes going back to the beginning of the pandemic - before facilities were required to report to the...
    (CNN)Louisiana's health department on Tuesday revoked the licenses of seven nursing homes that sent residents to a warehouse to shelter during Hurricane Ida -- a situation that the department said involved unsafe and unsanitary conditions.Seven of the nursing home residents who sheltered at the warehouse died, according to state health officials. More than 800 residents of seven southeastern Louisiana nursing...
    Louisiana health officials said they revoked licenses for nursing homes that sent their residents to warehouses during Hurricane Ida.  The Louisiana Department of Health said that the seven nursing homes that lost their licenses also had their Medicaid provider agreements terminated, according to a statement by the agency. The state health department announced on Saturday that it closed the facilities.  The seven nursing homes, which were owned by...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana health officials announced Tuesday that they are revoking the licenses of seven nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse where seven residents died after Hurricane Ida amid conditions deemed squalid. Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips said in a statement that the homes “clearly failed to execute their emergency preparedness plans...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After Ida-related deaths of evacuated seniors, Louisiana officials say they’ll revoke licenses of 7 nursing homes. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.