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              more   Governor Tim Walz (D) announced he is activating 400 National Guard members to assist with the growing staff shortage in the state’s nursing homes. “Our long-term care facilities are facing an all-hands-on-deck moment, and that’s why we are taking unprecedented action to support skilled nursing workers, residents, and patients,” said Governor Walz. According to a press release from Walz’s office, the National Guard members will begin training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides over the next week. Facilities that have had severe staffing issues can ask the Minnesota Department of Health for staffing assistance. The facilities that get approved will “receive a National Guard team to provide on-site staffing support for up to three weeks at a time.” “There are 23,000 open long-term caregiver positions across Minnesota. A crisis of this scope requires bold solutions, and we know we cannot fix this problem alone,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota. “We are grateful for these emergency actions and the collaborative efforts they represent. They provide critical support for weary caregivers and the seniors...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County reported 1,485 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Of those infected, 872 people are currently hospitalized. An additional 20 new deaths were reported. The department of public health says five people who passed away from the virus were over the age of 80. Four people were between the ages of 65 and 79, with 10 people who died ranging from 50 and 65. READ MORE: Pacific Airshow Returns To Huntington Beach After 1-Year HiatusMoreover, the county is also seeing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in nurses and residents at skilled nursing facilities. In the week ending Sep. 19, there were 41 confirmed cases of the virus at skilled nursing facilities, with 25 of the cases being residents and 16 staff members. READ MORE: Authorities Searching For 60-Year-Old Man With Dementia Last Seen In SylmarPublic Health Director Barbara Ferrer showed her support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s newly issued mandate for schoolchildren to be vaccinated against COVID-19, once the vaccine is approved by the FDA for children aged 5 through...
    LARKSPUR (BCN/CBS SF) — A former skilled nursing facility in Larkspur is being eyed as a potential new Project Homekey site for housing people who are currently homeless. City officials are working with Marin County and Episcopal Community Services on a grant proposal through the state’s Project Homekey program to convert the facility at 1251 S. Eliseo Drive into 43-units of “permanent supportive housing” for single adults experiencing homelessness in the county, according to a joint statement released Tuesday. READ MORE: Amazon One Contactless Payment Palm Reader Debuts On Santana Row In San Jose “This development is a win-win. It revitalizes an underutilized property and brings much needed housing for some of Marin’s most vulnerable people,” said Larkspur Mayor Kevin Haroff. In addition to housing, the site would feature a range of services including case management, mental health, educational and vocational programs. Episcopal Community Services is currently negotiating to buy the building, which sits on a bucolic stretch of Corte Madera Creek, and would also serve as the facility’s operator. Officials plan to submit the grant application in early October....
                      by J.D. Davidson  President Joe Biden’s plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for nursing home employees could damage further an industry struggling in Ohio, the executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association said. Pete Van Runkle said the group is pro-vaccine but a federal mandate negatively could affect services to some of the most needy people in the state and be damaging to skilled nursing facilities. “We believe the Biden Administration’s plan, at least articulated in the press conference, would be devastating to Ohio SNFs and to their staff and residents,” Van Runkle said. “While we support vaccination and recognize that it is the most effective defense against COVID-19, the proposed mandate does not account for staffing that is already stretched beyond the breaking point.” During a speech last week, Biden said the current state of coronavirus in the nation is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” giving reassurance to fully vaccinated Americans. He also touted increased vaccination numbers in recent weeks. Biden also announced a vaccine mandate for employees of...
                        Outgoing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — now the new U.S. Health and Human Services secretary — this week filed a lawsuit against the Brentwood-based Brookdale Senior Living, which Becerra described as “the nation’s largest senior living operator.” This, according to a press release that Becerra and his staff published on his website. Becerra said the lawsuit concerns Brookdale’s 10 California skilled nursing facilities and alleges that Brookdale ignored laws that protect patients’ safety when they are discharged from a facility. “The lawsuit also alleges that Brookdale gave false information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), information which CMS uses to award ‘star ratings’ to skilled nursing facilities so that consumers can choose a quality facility. By lying to CMS, Brookdale fraudulently increased its star rating in several categories to attract prospective patients and their families,” the press release said. Brookdale spokesman Andrew Young told The Tennessee Star Thursday that he and other company officials “are aware of this lawsuit filed Monday by the State of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Alison Beam issued an order that requires skilled nursing facilities to complete a COVID-19 vaccine needs assessment as a way to report information regarding vaccine uptake and need within the facility. READ MORE: Kiski Township Police Searching For Suspect Wanted For Aggravated Assault The department plans to use the data from the surveys to ensure all current and future residents of those facilities will have access to COVID-19 vaccinations once the Federal Pharmacy Partnership is complete. “Skilled nursing facilities have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 since the beginning, as the virus spread rapidly within congregate care settings,” Acting Secretary Beam said. “After the federal government issued emergency use authorizations for select COVID-19 vaccine, we prioritized residents and staff within these facilities to get the vaccine to help slow the spread.” READ MORE: WVU Neuroscience Institute Launches Ultrasound Treatment To Address Opioid Crisis The order requires these facilities to report status and need information to the Pennsylvania Department of Health by March 23. All skilled nursing...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Just after Christmas, residents of the Gardens, an Episcopal Homes nursing home in St. Paul, were among the first Minnesotans to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. It’s been a tough year for residents, said site administrator Keanan Franco. Indoor visits from family and friends had mostly been off-limits, except for abut a week in September when cases in the facility and surrounding community were low enough to allow them. With the opportunity to be vaccinated, there was much excitement among both residents and staff at the prospect of things getting back to something like normal. Now, two months into the state’s vaccination drive, there’s evidence that the shots are working to reduce cases in senior residences like the Gardens. That comes as a relief to residents, many of whom have had limited in-person contact with family and friends for nearly a year. Article continues after advertisement “We just started doing...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Everyone living and working in Pennsylvania’s skilled nursing facilities who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine has gotten both doses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday. READ MORE: ‘Please Don’t Shoot’: Krisinda Bright Accused Of Shooting, Killing Her 16-Year-Old, 22-Year-Old Children More than 315,000 doses were administered to long-term care facilities vaccinated by CVS and Walgreens as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. “This is an important milestone for Pennsylvania, and it marks key progress in ensuring that our most vulnerable residents have access to a vaccine,” Gov. Wolf said. “Skilled nursing, personal care, and assisted living facilities have been hit hard by the pandemic, which is why this milestone is such an important one for us to recognize – because it shows how far we have come in protecting our most vulnerable residents.” READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Whats The Timeline For Another Economic Relief Payment? By mid-March, CVS Health district leader Andreas Chandra says vaccinations at all other long-term care facilities in the state will be completed. Acting Secretary of...
    New York is making progress in working on its federal long term care facility COVID-19 vaccination program as it looks to get “needles in the arms” of all residents and employees as expeditiously as possible. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that as part of the state’s LTCF program administration, all nursing home residents have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine, with 72 percent accepting the vaccine as of Thursday, Jan. 28. Cuomo said that the plan includes skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care communities, low-income housing for seniors, care facilities for those with developmental disabilities, and veteran’s homes. “Some people simply don’t want to receive the vaccine,” Cuomo said during his latest COVID-19 briefing. “We’re seeing that across all subgroups, but we’re giving them the option. 
“Others may change their mind … some may not be ready yet .. and others may say they want to watch others go first to see what happens. That’s up to them.” Cuomo noted that the state is also pushing to have workers at those long term care facilities vaccinated to ensure there...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – CVS Health has administered the first round of COVID-19 vaccine doses to nearly 8,000 skilled nursing facilities in Texas and across the country. Here in Texas CVS Health partnered with some 2,000 long-term care facilities across the state. Since the state authorized the program to begin on December 28, the group has completed administering the first doses for all 581 skilled-nursing facilities, with second doses well underway. This week CVS will finish the first doses for nearly 90% of all the 1,431 assisted-living and other long-term care facilities with whom the group serves. (credit: CVS Health) “We’ve administered nearly two million shots to one of our most vulnerable populations through onsite and, in many cases, room-to-room visits,” said Karen S. Lynch, CVS Health executive vice president. “Our dedicated health care professionals are reaching long-term care residents and staff as soon as possible based on activation dates selected by the states.” First doses at all long-term care facilities that selected CVS Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations – more than 40,000 in total – will be complete by...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- By the end of Friday, the city of Los Angeles will be finished offering COVID-19 vaccine to all residents of skilled nursing facilities.Mayor Eric Garcetti made the promising announcement during a Thursday evening press conference at the Dodger Stadium vaccination site, noting that the city's vaccination sites have already inoculated more than 80,000 people.The mayor said that at the beginning of the pandemic, 45% of coronavirus deaths were among vulnerable residents of those facilities."Too many people are still dying, and with more contagious COVID-19 variants taking root that may contribute to why we had such a surge in December, there is no task more urgent than getting this site and other sites like it to continue vaccinating our residents," Garcetti said.As the city, L.A. County and California ramp up efforts to distribute the shots, Garcetti said that the demand "far outstrips the supply of vaccines."He said officials are still waiting to learn when more doses will arrive from the state, federal government and manufacturers.DEVELOPING: This story will updated as more information becomes available.
    BURLINGAME — Workers at the Burlingame Skilled Nursing facility pleaded for help Wednesday as a coronavirus outbreak raced through the facility over the past two weeks, with scores of employees out sick or quarantined and patients “dying every day.” “We can’t do this anymore. We need some help,” said Roland Glover, 60, a certified nurse assistant who bathes, dresses and helps patients get to the bathroom. “It’s really bad. It’s really, really, really bad. It’s spreading all over.” On Wednesday afternoon, employees held a vigil for those who have perished from COVID-19, which by their count is more than a dozen patients in recent weeks — a number at odds with state figures. Within the past few days, an office worker in her 40s also died from the virus, employees say. And although vaccinations among staff and patients began at the Burlingame facility several days before Christmas, the protection from the first dose doesn’t start for about two weeks and by then the outbreak had already taken hold, workers say. A number of workers, for a variety of reasons, hadn’t...
    SAN DIEGO —  For the fourth week in a row, San Diego County is seeing a record-breaking number of coronavirus outbreaks in its skilled nursing facilities. County health officials reported this week that there are 60 active outbreaks. Outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities are deemed active when one resident or healthcare worker from the facility tests positive for the coronavirus. That brings the total number of skilled nursing outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic to 146. To date, the county reported, a total of 2,548 skilled nursing residents and 1,575 staff have tested positive for the virus and 282 residents and staff have died. Deaths related to skilled nursing facility outbreaks account for about 17% of the the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county. And the post-holiday surge continues. This week, the Shores Post-Acute had the greatest number of coronavirus cases among nursing homes countywide. According to California Department of Public Health data, the Birdland area facility has reported 207 resident and 88 staff cases since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, there were 140...
    AURORA, Colo., (CBS4) – A new effort is underway in Colorado and across the country to get more people in long-term care facilities vaccinated against the coronavirus. (credit: CBS) The mobilized effort is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s partnership with CVS, Walgreens, and Managed Health Care Associates, Inc., aimed at offering on-site COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to the state, there are 225 skilled nursing facilities, as well as 917 assisted living facilities and other eligible facilities enrolled in the program. On Monday, the program began in some of those facilities. Others are scheduled to start vaccinations in the coming days and weeks. University Heights Rehab and Care in Aurora was one of the first skilled nursing facilities to begin vaccinating residents and staff. Throughout the day, CVS pharmacists methodically administered vaccine after vaccine. Dr. Gregory Gahm, Chief Medical Officer for Vivage Senior Living, which owns University Heights, as well as 35 other facilities in the state, said the program will roll out over the next three weeks. On Monday,...
    SAN DIEGO —  On Christmas Eve morning, a woman stood outside Escondido Post Acute Rehab, talking through a window with her 100-year-old mother, a resident of the facility who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The two women spoke over the phone for about 15 minutes, waving at one another as two healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment worked in the room. The daughter said she was checking on her mom and trying to find out how she was doing after testing positive for the virus while recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Last week, the nursing home earned the distinction of having the largest active outbreak in a skilled nursing facility in San Diego County. As of Wednesday, Escondido Post Acute had 111 residents and 70 healthcare workers who had the novel coronavirus out of a total of 139 residents and 81 staff who had tested positive there since the beginning of the pandemic. The facility has a maximum bed count of 180, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. Facilities experiencing staffing shortages due to COVID-19 infections,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, the largest skilled nursing home in the state, continues to report the lowest COVID-19 death rate in the Bay Area for a facility its size."The city made the decision really early on to be aggressive in terms on how we fought through the pandemic," said Michael Phillips, CEO of Laguna Honda.Phillips touts the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health's early and aggressive approach to protect the 715 residents of Laguna Honda in the city's Twin Peaks neighborhood.Laguna Honda serves the city's most vulnerable residents that can't afford private nursing care. The facility was hit with a COVID-19 outbreak in late March and was immediately placed on a mandatory quarantine. Within a couple of weeks, infection control nurses, physicians, and epidemiologists from the CDC arrived to help.RELATED: Coronavirus crisis at San Francisco's Laguna Honda nursing home EMBED More News Videos Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco is going through a COVID-19 crisis, with a fast increasing number of staff and patients testing positive. ABC7's I-Team reports on the city's...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials on Sunday reported a record-breaking 4,606 new daily coronavirus cases. Fifteen new deaths were also confirmed, which includes six skilled nursing facility residents, six skilled nursing staff and three residents not living in a facility. Cumulative numbers in Orange County are at 124,428 coronavirus cases and 1,775 deaths among the 1,851,843 tests administered. The distribution in positive cases in O.C. includes 3,130 skilled nursing facility residents, 1,446 jail inmates, and 375 people experiencing homelessness. There are currently 1,682 coronavirus patients hospitalized in O.C. Of those, 375 patients are in the intensive care unit. Orange County, along with 10 other counties in the Southern California region, remains under a health order that prohibits in-person dining and other non-essential activities in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, officials said. The resources listed below can provide information about the pandemic and best practices for staying safe: Orange County residents with general questions can call the COVID-19 HOTLINE at 714-834-2000 Orange County residents with medical questions can call the Health Referral Line at...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- On Thursday morning, frontline workers at long-term care facilities were the first to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Clara County.Local health officials said 210 frontline staff members at nursing homes got vaccinated Thursday, a small dent in the estimated 130,000 healthcare workers set to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the county.Cliff Roperez was the first worker to get the shot.RELATED: 2 Alaska health care workers remain enthusiastic about Pfizer vaccine, even after allergic reactionsHe is a licensed practical nurse at Canyon Springs, a San Jose nursing home.Skilled nursing facilities are linked to just 5% of COVID cases in Santa Clara County, but those same facilities are linked to 45% of COVID deaths in the South Bay, according to health officials.The county's goal is now to vaccinate 6,000 people in the next few weeks.Frontline hospital workers will begin getting vaccinated by the end of the week, and residents in long-term care facilities will be offered the vaccine later this month.At a news conference, public health officials said there is currently no timeline for when the...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Santa Clara County on Tuesday, marking the next chapter in the battle against the worldwide pandemic, with healthcare professionals mobilizing across the South Bay to distribute the hundreds of thousands of doses that are expected in the coming weeks and months. Tuesday’s allotment was delivered at 7:30 a.m., in cardboard boxes carrying FedEx’s “priority boarding” designation. The 5,850 doses were packed in dry ice and were immediately stored in ultra-cold freezers at around -70C. The county’s Public Health Department has begun scheduling appointments with staffers at skilled nursing facilities, and will administer the first doses this week. By December 17 or 18, another 11,700 doses will arrive in the county, which have already been allocated to acute care hospitals. The doses were assigned to each facility based on need and staffing levels. On Tuesday, December 22, some 39,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine are scheduled to arrive. This allotment will, again, be redistributed to the so-called ‘1A” population, consisting of healthcare professionals. The 1A group includes staffers...
    SANTA CRUZ — Four deaths have been reported in relation to two COVID-19 skilled nursing facility outbreaks in Santa Cruz County, according to data from one of the facilities and the county’s coronavirus dashboard. Santa Cruz Post Acute Three residents — the county’s 30th, 31st and 32nd residents to succumb to their coronavirus symptoms — died after contracting COVID-19 at Santa Cruz Post Acute Center, according to county spokesman Jason Hoppin. The 30th, a white man in his late 80s, died Nov. 23. The 31st, a white woman in her mid-90s, died Nov. 24. The 32nd, a white woman in her mid-80s, died Nov. 25. All three individuals had at least one other significant contributing condition, but the coronavirus was the underlying cause of death. The 32nd individual had several conditions that compromised her health, Hoppin said. Information gathered since the news of Santa Cruz Post Acute’s outbreak broke Nov. 13 suggests that this is the fourth total death related to the facility’s mass infection. At this time, the facility is recording no active resident or staff cases. Santa Cruz...
    SANTA CRUZ (AP) — A skilled nursing facility in Capitola is reporting more than 80 cases of COVID-19 among its residents and staff. Pacific Coast Manor said Thursday that 48 residents and 34 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March. It is not clear how many of those cases were reported in recent days. Officials with Covenant Care, which owns Pacific Coast Manor, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday. Pacific Coast Manor administrators said in a statement posted on the nursing facility’s website that they are testing all residents and staff with the help of state and local public health departments. “Rest assured we are aggressively treating and responding to potential community exposures by conducting routine testing of all our residents and staff until such time as a vaccine becomes available or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructs otherwise,” they added. Going forward, officials will implement additional precautions, including screening staff and medical personnel before they enter the facility, quarantining all new admissions in an observation unit before...
    SANTA CRUZ — The skilled nursing facility Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola is reporting 33 resident cases and 26 staff cases of COVID-19, according to the most recent data from the California Department of Public Health. According to the California Department of Public Health, Pacific Coast Manor —  has 29 COVID-positive residents at this time. Through a dedicated COVID-19 update page on the facility’s website, Pacific Coast Manor confirmed the outbreak for the sake of the health and well-being of others. “To add an additional level of protection we are committed to facility-wide testing on all residents and staff in collaboration with local public health departments,” administrators added in their posting. “In this new world of COVID-19, rest assured we are aggressively treating and responding to potential community exposures by conducting routine testing of all our residents and staff until such time as a vaccine becomes available or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructs otherwise.” State and local health departments are helping Pacific Coast Manor stabilize the outbreak through additional guidance. Going forward, the facility will be implementing...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Officials in Santa Cruz are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at a skilled nursing facility. Santa Cruz Post Acute is the biggest site in the county with more than 100 people living there. As of Monday, 29 residents and nine staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. Officials said a small number of residents are hospitalized. The first case was reported 10 days ago and was caught because of surveillance testing. This is the third congregate living facility to experience an outbreak in Santa Cruz County. Across the country, coronavirus cases at nursing homes are spiking again. In the first week of November, new cases tied to nursing homes surpassed 24,000. That’s the worst it’s been since early August. Nursing home deaths over the past week topped 2,500. Officials in 28 states have tightened coronavirus restrictions over the last two weeks. During that period, the U.S. Has recorded more than 100-thousand new cases a day for 14 days in a row.
    SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz Post Acute, a skilled nursing facility, is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. It is the third outbreak of its kind in Santa Cruz County, county spokesman Jason Hoppin confirmed Friday. Hoppin said that the center made the county’s Health Services Agency aware of a COVID-19-positive staff member with symptoms on Nov. 7. As of the most recent update he received, 17 residents and four staff members have tested positive. Santa Cruz Post Acute has a capacity of up to 149 residents, according to licensing paperwork. Though the names are similar, Santa Cruz Post Acute and Watsonville Post Acute, the site of the first skilled nursing facility outbreak in Santa Cruz County, are not affiliated. Hoppin said that the California Department of Public Health made a visit to the center a few days ago and the department has taken the lead on mitigation because it is a state-licensed facility. A visit is not an indication that staff or management has done anything wrong, Hoppin said. The visit is just a check in to try to help stabilize...
    GRAND RIDGE, Ill. (CBS) — Jeff Lane been fighting to stay alive for nearly two decades – but after years of intensive nursing care, his insurance company was taking it all away. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey has been to pushing for answers about Lane’s case, and getting results. “My family is the world, and means the world to me,” Lane said. Lane’s world is his wife and his three kids. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS – also called Lou Gehrig’s disease – in 2002, just three years after marrying his college sweetheart, Debbie. The disease has progressively taken over his body. He lost his voice in 2004, and he lost his ability to breathe by himself in 2007. But he never lost his sense of humor. “Embrace the suck,” Lane said. Since he went on a ventilator, Lane’s insurance company has paid for private skilled nursing care. It was a blessing to his wife Debbie, who works full time and takes care of their three kids. She said if she left her husband alone, “he...
    WATSONVILLE — The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency reported Friday that a 16th person has died in relation to the Watsonville Post Acute Center COVID-19 outbreak that started in September. A man in his 90s that had several underlying health conditions in addition to a positive case of COVID-19 died at a local hospital Oct. 20, according to county spokesman Jason Hoppin. The county has to wait for each death certificate and note whether the virus was a component before adding it to the dashboard, which is why the news came 10 days after the death. Hoppin said Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel alluded to the state of the outbreak during her press conference announcing the possibility of the county moving to the orange tier of the state coronavirus measurement model Tuesday. At that time, there were still people in the hospital but no new infections had been reported in over a week. “But we are not out of the woods, she said,” Hoppin recounted Newel’s remarks on Friday afternoon. Related Articles High...
    WATSONVILLE — Another resident of Watsonville Post-Acute Center has died in connection to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak first reported in September. According to Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin, the individual died Oct. 15 but due to the necessity to wait for verification of death certificates, the fatality was not reflected on the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency coronavirus dashboard until Thursday. Of the county’s 25 total coronavirus-related deaths, the last 15 have come from Watsonville Post-Acute Center residents. This means that the facility’s outbreak accounts for 60% of the county’s reported deaths. “The relatively good news is that (the outbreak) does appear to be stabilized,” Hoppin said. “There have been a total of 50 positive cases among residents and 20 among staff but there is only one existing case.” Hoppin said that of the 15 related deaths, all 15 were residents of the facility; no staff members have succumbed to the virus and10 of the 15 deceased were 90 years of age or older, three were 80 to 89 years and two of the deceased were 70 to...
    SACRAMENTO —  With skilled nursing homes hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a law requiring those facilities in California to report disease-related deaths to health authorities within 24 hours during declared emergencies. The law was written in response to concerns that health agencies were slow to respond to outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities because they did not receive timely information about them. So far, more than 5,630 residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities in the state have died from COVID-19 — 36% of California’s fatalities from the coronavirus. The percentage “reveals the significant weaknesses in the reporting system currently required by these facilities,” said Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), who introduced the legislation. COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at some 1,164 skilled nursing homes and 379 assisted-living facilities in California, according to the state Department of Public Health. The spread at such facilities is alarming to health officials, who note that the virus is especially deadly for the elderly and for those with underlying medical problems. Wood’s bill requires that records of deaths be...
    Northwell Health will facilitate remote medical visits at two highly-rated skilled nursing facilities in Nassau and Bronx counties.  Both the Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Glen Cove Nursing, both owned by Paragon Management will use mobile cart technology, allowing for remote medical appointments that family members in other locations can call into. The healthcare provider aims to reduce emergency room visits, reduce admission rates within 30 days, speed up treatments and improve the quality of care at these facilities.  “Northwell Health is excited to collaborate with both Methodist Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Glen Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation in our shared mission to provide the highest quality care to our communities throughout all phases of their illness and recoveries,” said Iris Berman RN, MSN, vice president of Telehealth Services at Northwell Health. A team of remote critical care nurses, intensivists and hospitalists will be staffed to handle remote visits with patients, and will coordinate with on-site medical professionals to devise plans of care.  Research commissioned by Northwell Health found that, by expanding the availability of telehealth services, patients received...
    Expectations for retirement living have escalated since the Saratoga Retirement Community (SRC) was built in 1912, and management is faced with a growing population of seniors who want to continue to live locally as they age. Proponents of a plan to increase the number of independent living residences on the Fruitvale Avenue campus from 143 to 195 say it would allow more local seniors to age in place in familiar surroundings. Currently, 85 percent of SRC residents are from Los Gatos and Saratoga. “The last major renovation of campus was 20 years ago,” says Brian McLemore, president and CEO of Pacific Retirement Services, which manages the facility. “The people who live here today are here because we expanded.” The 37-acre property currently has 143 independent living residences, 107 assisted living apartments, 15 memory support suites and 94 skilled nursing and rehabilitation suites. The expansion plan calls for 52 new independent living residences in three structures ranging from 1,038 to 2,380 square feet. The number of assisted living units would decrease to 88, and existing 340-square-foot studio apartments would be replaced...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When the COVID-19 pandemic began, nursing homes across the country were the epicenter of death and transmission. Over 2,300 people, or 40% of all coronavirus related deaths in L.A. County, have been in skilled nursing facilities.But the industry has made great strides in recent months. Even though the county as a whole saw a second peak in July and early August, since May, COVID-19 related deaths at L.A. County's skilled nursing facilities have seen a steady decline.Part of the solution involves the hundreds of physicians and nurses for the county health department, who respond every time there's a facility with an outbreak. They also have regular in-person visits and virtual tours to make sure a facility is prepared for an outbreak.Coronavirus: How to find the right nursing home for your loved oneEMBED More News Videos More than half of all COVID-19 deaths in Los Angeles County were residents in institutional settings, including skilled nursing facilities, a figure that poses some concerns for families trying to find the right place for elderly family members to live safely....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When the Covid-19 pandemic began, nursing homes across the country were the epicenter of death and transmission. Over 2,300 people, or 40% of all coronavirus related deaths in LA County have been in skilled nursing facilities.But the industry has made great strides in recent months. Even though the county as a whole saw a second peak in July and early August, since May, Covid-19 related deaths at LA County skilled nursing facilities have seen a steady decline.Part of the solution involves the hundreds of physicians and nurses for the county health department who respond every time there's a facility with an outbreak. They also have regular in-person visits and virtual tours to make sure a facility is prepared for an outbreak."They work very closely with the staff at these facilities to really go through all aspects of infection control and really try to work with them to optimize their procedures so we can try to contain the outbreak and prevent further spread," said Dr. Prabhu Gounder, Medical Director for Respiratory Diseases Unit.Working closely with the private...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 418 new coronavirus cases and 14 additional fatalities Friday. The countywide totals now stand at 36,196 cases and 618 deaths since the pandemic began. Five of Friday’s reported fatalities were skilled nursing facility residents and four were assisted living facility residents. Since Sunday, the county has reported 56 coronavirus-related deaths. Last week, the county reported 70 deaths, down from 73 the week before. Of the total deaths, 263 were skilled nursing facility residents, 26 lived in assisted living facilities, and one was homeless. Of the total cases, 1,674 were skilled nursing facility residents, 476 were jail inmates and 136 were homeless. The number of hospitalized patients inched up from 592 to 593, while the number of patients in intensive care increased from 189 to 191, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. County officials said 409,264 coronavirus tests have been administered during the pandemic and 23,499 recoveries have been documented. The county’s case rate per 100,000 residents dropped from 149.5 on Thursday to 140, which is still far higher than...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 15 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 187 new cases Tuesday. The countywide totals now stand at 34,833 cases and 581 deaths since the pandemic began. Since Sunday, the county has reported 19 deaths. Last week, the county reported 70 COVID-19-related deaths, down from 73 the week before. One-third of the deaths reported Tuesday involved skilled nursing facility residents. Of the total deaths, 253 were skilled nursing facility residents, 21 lived in assisted living facilities, and one was homeless. Of the total cases, 1,556 were skilled nursing facility residents, 472 were jail inmates and 136 were homeless. In the jails, 53 inmates are in medical isolation with symptoms, with 419 having recovered. Officials are waiting for the results of 83 tests. County officials said 399,424 coronavirus tests have been administered during the pandemic and 20,148 recoveries have been documented. The county’s case rate per 100,000 residents dropped from 188.9 to 150.8, but is still far higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents. The rate of residents...
    COLUSA COUNTY (CBS13) — The first coronavirus-related death of a Colusa County resident was reported Tuesday. Officials say an 85-year-old man at Valley West Care Center has died. According to Colusa County health officials, the man’s underlying health conditions were the primary cause of death, and COVID-19 was a contributing cause. There are 15 additional residents at the Valley West skilled nursing facility with the virus and 14 staff members, officials said Monday. The county says all facility staff and residents are now undergoing testing, and all positive cases have been isolated. Officials say the facility has suspended all in-person visitation from family and loved ones to reduce the spread of the virus. As of Monday, the county has reported 234 cases of COVID-19.
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A skilled nursing facility in Riverside that was evacuated after workers failed to show for work two days in a row reopened Friday and is accepting new patients. More than 80 patients were evacuated from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside was evacuated on April 8 after most of the nurses failed to show up to work at the 90-bed facility two days in a row. Riverside County officials say the facility worked with them and the state for months on its reopening plan, which included additional employee training and personal protective equipment. The facility had also been visited twice in recent weeks by the county’s Skilled Nursing Facility Outreach and Support teams. “This is a facility where long-time employees formed bonds with patients for many years,” Riverside University Health System’s Dr. Frank Flowers said in a statement. “Back in April, many of those employees tested positive for the coronavirus and did not go to work to protect those people. It was heartbreaking for these workers to not be with their patients.” Dr. Flowers said...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County Health Care Agency officials Monday reported 1,028 new cases of the novel coronavirus — the highest ever one-day total — but said the spike was due to a backlog of reporting from the state. A veterinary technician vaccinates Cohiba the dog as owner Sasha Cardenti assists at a drive-through pet vaccine clinic at Mission Viejo Animal Services Center amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 23. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) With just two of the newly reported cases involving skilled nursing facilities, nearly all new cases were caused by community spread. Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said the sharp increase in cases appeared to be tied to Memorial Day weekend gatherings and mass protests against police brutality. “There’s something that was a trigger point to have that kind of an increase, and those are dates the specimen was collected, which makes sense when they’re getting sick two or three weeks out,” she said. Bartlett also said the age of those infected was trending downward, with young adults in their 30s and 40s testing positive...
    SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Two residents have died and more than 60 have tested positive for the coronavirus at a skilled nursing facility in Seal Beach, officials said Thursday. Forty workers at the Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center have also tested positive for the virus, the city’s police department said in a statement. The virus was detected at the 186-bed facility in the small, seaside community in late May. After three weeks of widespread testing, the number of cases has grown, with 21 reported Wednesday, the facility said on its website. TOP STORIES Seattles autonomous zone is Mad Max movie mayhem come alive Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Matthew Lysobey, the facility’s administrator, said in an email that staffing had been affected but “every individual is receiving exceptional care and attention.” He did not provide details of the staffing challenges. The outbreak comes as California seeks to prevent the spread of the virus in skilled nursing facilities, where residents are especially vulnerable due to...
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