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    Portland's police department has warned residents of the woke but crime-ravaged Oregon city to expect delays in cops answering all but the most serious 911 calls.    On Monday, Portland Police were only responding to priority 1 and priority 2 calls - codes that refer to incidents that are life-threatening or with a potential for physical injury, as well as major property crimes.  It came in the wake of a busy day for cops in the city, which included two carjackings, one of which ended with police shooting an armed suspect dead.  Responses to any crime-in-progress that didn't pose an immediate threat to persons or property were 'delayed,' the department tweeted. Ongoing staff shortages were also blamed for the slump in emergency services provision.  The ominous announcement came as the city of roses hit an all-time high in homicides. The 80 murder milestone reached on Friday far surpasses Portland's record of 67, attained in 1987, and is likely to rise before 2021 comes to an end in 24 days.  That number has been ramping steadily - in 2020, 53 homicides were...
    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 Mission Hills nursing home, 82-year-old Anahit Papiryan danced as best she could from her wheelchair, throwing her hands up in the air and turning them from side to side. At times, she kissed her granddaughter Ruzanna Grigoryan’s hand. “You’re the light of my life,” Papiryan told the 34-year-old in Armenian. Papiryan, originally from Yerevan, immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago. “You’re my heart,” responded Grigoryan, who wore a blue surgical mask to keep her grandmother safe. The Thanksgiving scene was a far cry from last year, which consisted of limited outdoor visits and calls from behind windows to protect vulnerable nursing home residents amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Gone was the COVID unit...
    NORTH CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut nursing home says it is a cautionary tale about the need for booster shots. It blames waning immunity for complicating an outbreak of the Delta variant, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. READ MORE: TIMELINE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns In Wake Of Sexual Harassment, Nursing Home Scandals“We’re still grieving with the families, and the staff,” Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administrator Kevin O’Connell said. The facility in Litchfield County is fighting a COVID-19 outbreak. Infection swept through after virtually all residents and staff were vaccinated. “We were really proud of the fact that our employees stepped up, they took the vaccine, accepted it. All of our residents did early on. We thought we were ahead of this,” O’Connell said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Only two of the 89 residents and staff were unvaccinated...
    A CARE home boss killed himself after residents died and sick staff struggled to PPE during the pandemic, his wife has said. Vernon Hough, 61, and wife Louise ran Gwastad Hall Nursing Home near Wrexham, Wales, together until his death. 3Vernon Hough, 61, and his wife LouiseCredit: MEDIA WALES 3They ran Gwastad Hall Nursing Home together throughout the pandemicCredit: MEDIA WALES Vernon was found fatally injured in his car just a mile from the home at a police headquarters in May 2020 - with a shotgun wound to his head. Now Louise has said the nursing home’s struggles through the pandemic were to blame, reports The Daily Mail. At an inquest into his death Ms Hough said: “My husband committed suicide, My husband shot himself. We were watching patients die.  “We are very fond of our patients but he is not medically trained. The week prior to this we had 15 staff off sick and everyone was in rooms isolating.  “We had to take four patients each so we could get through feeding them all.” Things got so tough that...
    Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett (pictured) said staff at the Dane County Jail in Madison will no longer refer to those in jail as 'inmates' A Wisconsin prison will now refer to its offenders as  'residents' to 'humanize and respect' them.  Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said staff at the Dane County Jail in Madison will no longer refer to those in jail as 'inmates' and will instead address them as 'residents' or 'those within our care,' the sheriff announced Monday.  After speaking with sheriff's deputies and other staff members, in addition to those incarcerated, Barrett said he arrived at the decision over his last nearly 100 days as sheriff.   'As we serve, we want to maintain dignity and respect for all who are involved in our criminal justice system,' Barrett said. 'We will no longer refer to our incarcerated community members as 'inmates'. Their new title will be 'resident(s)' or 'those within our care.' Barrett said he met with a group of formerly incarcerated individuals at the nonprofit Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, who told him being referred to as...
    President Joe Biden’s effort to get more healthcare workers vaccinated could devastate nursing homes and even cause some to shut down, according to state and national trade associations. The American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), and state affiliates reacted strongly to news on Wednesday that the White House will direct the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to craft regulations forcing nursing homes to require staffers to be vaccinated in order to qualify to receive funds from Medicare and Medicaid. The move would affect 1.3 million individuals who are employed by nursing homes across the nation receiving federal funds. According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data, roughly 40 percent of those workers are unvaccinated. “After seventeen months of providing tireless care at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care continues to face a troubling trend of federal and state governments threatening and punishing the same healthcare heroes they once supported and rallied behind,” President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association Zach Shamberg said in a statement on Wednesday. In this April...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Illinois, the state’s Department of Public Health has now made vaccination data publicly available for residents and staff in long-term care facilities. The data are on the IDPH website. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Sunny Start Since long-term care facilities such as nursing homes have seen COVID-19 deaths – particularly early in the pandemic – the department said the resource will be crucial for tracking COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and residents statewide. “To help keep long-term care residents as safe and healthy as possible, we want to make sure residents and their loved ones know the vaccination rates where they reside so they can make the best decision on where to live, and also advocate for increased vaccination rates,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a news release. “Some of our most vulnerable residents live in long-term care facilities and in order to better protect them, COVID-19 vaccination rates in many facilities, especially among staff, need to increase. The vaccine is the primary way to get to the other...
    CAPITOLA — Today, a California Department of Public Health dashboard shows no skilled nursing facilities in Santa Cruz County are reporting resident or staff COVID-19 cases. At Pacific Coast Manor, however, residents are still allegedly in a perilous situation. The family members of residents and former employees detailed more than 20 allegations waged against the Wharf Road facility, which the Sentinel sent to Covenant Care. Heidi Stone, Covenant Care’s regional director of business development, did not specifically address any of the alleged misconduct. “The care and well-being of our residents is our paramount priority at Pacific Coast Manor,” Stone wrote in a statement. “We are proud to have received five stars out of a possible five stars from Medicare for Quality of Resident Care, as well as an overall rating of five stars. Pacific Coast Manor is the highest rated skilled nursing facility in our area of service.” The Martinez family holds pictures of their late matriarch Maria in front of Pacific Coast Manor property on Thursday. (Melissa Hartman – Santa Cruz Sentinel)  Following former executive director of Pacific Coast...
    GALETON, Colo. (CBS4) – In a rare move, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has shut down the Triangle Cross Ranch assisted living facility in Weld County. Inspectors for the CDPHE say the facility intentionally humiliated, neglected, and punished its residents, who are adults with special needs. Triangle Cross Ranch in Galeton (credit: Kati Weis, CBS4) According to the order suspending the facility’s license, residents were underfed and underweight. Inspectors even saw residents licking dirty plates and going through the trash for scraps. READ MORE: Downtown Denver Businesses Petition City To Limit Arts And Crafts Fairs Randy Kuykendall, Director of the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division of the CDPHE, signed off on the suspension order. He said the facility purposefully imposed restrictive diets on the residents. “Food had been withheld from them as a form of punishment, as well as a form of forced weight loss,” said Kukendall. “We did observe, on one occasion, residents scavenging food from the disposal area.” Karen Peterson, 53, had been a resident at the ranch since 2014. Peterson has Asperger’s, a...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Consistent statewide procedures and ongoing drills that target infection response and other emergencies will be routine at Illinois veterans' homes after COVID-19 caught the LaSalle Veterans' Home unprepared and claimed 36 lives last fall, the state's newly appointed director said.Terry Prince, a 31-year Navy veteran and former senior adviser to the U.S. Surgeon General, has issued a six-point plan for improving readiness at the state's veterans' homes in Anna, Manteno, Quincy and LaSalle. The plan follows a blistering investigative report that laid out a string of miscommunications, lax policy and missed opportunities when the pandemic hit the home in LaSalle, 94 miles west of Chicago.The report by the inspector general of the Illinois Department of Human Services, released Friday, noted that despite escaping all traces of the deadly respiratory illness for eight months after it entered Illinois, there was little done to devise protocols for preventing or managing infections. After the first four cases were reported Nov. 1, the virus spread to 60 residents and 43 employees as confused staff operated in an environment that was "inefficient,...
    The District will soon partner with CVS pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccines to teachers, school staff, child care workers, health care workers and residents 65 and older, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday. Bowser and DC Health said the partnership includes three CVS locations in D.C.: two in Ward 7 and one in Ward 5. The pharmacies will work to deliver 3,150 doses of vaccine to residents over the next seven to 10 days. Residents will still use the D.C. preregistration system to begin the process of getting an appointment, but they will then be directed to schedule their appointments directly through CVS’ website if they are eligible. D.C. will receive 27,140 vaccine doses this week. More than 14,000 will go to D.C.’s vaccination system; more than 5,000 doses will be given to hospitals and health centers, and 7,130 will be used for special initiatives, such as the CVS partnership. The District is currently vaccinating residents in Phase 1C Tier 1. Beginning the week of March 29, essential workers in Phase 1C Tier 2 will become eligible to receive a...
    A CARE home coronavirus outbreak is being probed by police after five residents died and 10 were left in hospital. The "significant outbreak" occured in Homesley Care Home in Sidford, East Devon. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3The "significant outbreak" occured in Homesley Care Home in Sidford, East DevonCredit: Alamy Live News 3Chief Superintendent Dan Evans of Devon and Cornwall Police, who is leading the investigation into the deaths at Holmesley Care Home, in SidfordCredit: Alamy Live News Devon and Cornwall police have now said a police investigation has been launched following concerns about the cases. Ten residents are being treated at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with Covid-19. An one member of staff is currently in hospital with coronavirus. While staff are self-isolating, agency staff have been brought in to care for the residents who remain at the home. Officers are speaking to staff and conducted a search of the home as part of their enquires. And post-mortems have been conducted on three of the deceased residents. 'COMPLEX INVESTIGATION' The investigation is...
    NINE care home residents have died after a horrific Covid outbreak – just 10 days after having the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The tragic outbreak at the El Salvador care home in Lagartera, Spain, left all but one of the 78 residents infected. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Nine care home residents in Spain have died after a Covid outbreak The facility's residents and staff members were injected with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 13. Six days later, 10 residents started showing symptoms of the virus. However, Covid-19 symptoms begin to appear five to 14 days after a person is infected meaning it's highly likely the residents were infected with the disease before getting their jab. The home, run by an NGO called Messengers of Peace, issued a statement saying they will give residents the second vaccine dose on February 3. General director of the NGO, Sergio Mella told radio station COPE, said he believes the outbreak was caused by a staff member or one of...
    In the last year of his life, my husband, Alex, needed to be moved from home to a full-time care facility. We had struggled to accommodate him in thousands of different ways over his long decline, but it became clear that we had run out of ways to manage his symptoms and behavior without constant help and supervision. It is an incredibly painful and difficult decision to move someone who has been the center of your life for more than 30 years to a “home” that in no way resembles your actual home. All of us who are in this position agonize over how to choose a place for our loved ones in these circumstances. Alex was utterly incapable of making this decision for himself – and this is often the case when dealing with advanced neurological diseases like frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), Lewy body dementia, and Alzheimer’s. The home where my husband spent the last year of his life, Breck Home, is a small residential care home for six residents located in Bloomington. It is an excellent alternative to placement...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday any Detroit resident age 65 or older can call to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the TCF Center. “I am deeply appreciative to Gov. Whitmer’s and President Biden’s administration for committing to a near tripling of our vaccine shipments,” Duggan said. Over the next four weeks, the city currently currently has 10,000 Detroiters scheduled, Duggan said. “These extra doses will allow us to open up appointments to thousands more who have been waiting for the opportunity to be vaccinated,” the mayor added. Here’s the full list of eligible individuals now includes: Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 65 or older (Updated) That means anyone born in 1955 or earlier K-12 teachers and support staff and day care workers S. Post Office Employees who live or work in Detroit Employees of the City of Detroit or city-related agencies who are working from their regular job site (Employees working from home are not eligible at this time) State and Federal Law enforcement working in...
    BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — The Harford County Health Department launched a new COVID-19 vaccination plan webpage for residents ages 65 and up. This new page, which is within the county’s existing COVID-19 vaccine information webpage, will provide updates and assistance with pre-registration. The health department has been holding vaccination clinics for group’s 1A healthcare workers and first responders since Jan. 4, including: • Front line hospital staff • Nursing home residents and staff • Law enforcement and firefighters, EMS • Correctional health care staff and officers • Front line judiciary staff The health department began vaccinations for group 1B on Jan. 19, including: • Assisted living, independent living, and other congregate facilities • Education staff, including K-12 teachers, support staff and daycare providers • Continuity of government (defined by the state as elected officials) • Adults age 75 and older Group IC should be eligible for vaccinations soon. That will include adults ages 65-74 and essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, postal service. The health department is encouraging anyone in these groups to go https://harfordcountyhealth.com/harfordcovidvax/ and pre-register for...
              Ohio residents ages 80-years-old and older will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccination starting on Tuesday, January 19 as Phase 1B of the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program begins. Phase 1B of the vaccination schedule includes Ohio residents who are ages 65 and up, staff members of K-12 schools that will be teaching in person and those with severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical disorders, according to the ODH. Ohioans ages 80 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine the week of January 19, followed by those who are 75 and older the week of January 25, those who are 70 and older the week of February 1 and those who are 65 and older the week of February 8. Those with severe congenital or developmental disorders will be eligible the week of January 25 and staff members of K-12 schools will be eligible the week of February 1. “When a new age range opens, that does not mean vaccinations will be complete for the previous age...
    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Thursday announced the state will move into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 it vaccine distribution plan on Monday, extending inoculations to first-responders, high-risk residents and general public aged 65 and older. The broadening eligibility comes after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday that, of 526,425 COVID-19 vaccination doses distributed to the state, only 161,784 had been administered. Parson said expanding eligibility is necessary because the federal government will ”significantly" increase vaccine shipments next week. “The more supply we receive, the quicker we can reach our goal of making vaccines available to every Missourian who wants one,” he said in a statement. Under Phase 1A, “front-line” health care workers and nursing home residents were the priorities. The state will list Phase 1B vaccinators Friday at www.MOstopsCovid.com. In addition to dealing with the logistics of intermittent supply, public health experts must also contend with demand tempered by public misperceptions. Nearly a quarter of Missourians in a recent survey say they will not be inoculated, an indication state...
    GLEN COVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nursing home health care workers and patients on Long Island received the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. The Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offered the Pfizer vaccine to its staff and residents. The second dose of the vaccine is scheduled to be provided on Jan. 19. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Squirrel-Mania! Queens Residents Describe In Graphic Detail Being Attacked By Crazed Rodents Caught On Video: Customer Shot During Attempted Robbery Inside Brooklyn Deli Black Teenager Falsely Accused Of Stealing Cellphone At New York City Hotel Speaks Out: ‘I’m Still Kind Of Shellshocked’
    DENVER (CBS4) — Nursing homes and long-term care facilities across Colorado held the first of three clinics needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine to their residents and staff.   (credit: CBS) At Holly Heights Nursing Care Center in Denver, more than half of the staff were given the first dose of the vaccine, along with 90% of the residents. Families with loved ones in their care hope it will be the first step to getting back to in-person visits.    Even living in Oakland, Lisa Bach has always made visiting her mother a priority.   “I had been traveling there every eight weeks to see my mom while she was in the nursing home — that was a regular trip for me,” she said.   When COVID-19 hit those trips would be few and far between.   It wasn’t until restrictions eased in October that she was able to make it to Colorado to see her mom, through a window — and then twice outdoors for a distanced and difficult interaction.   “Not being able to hug her not being...
    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,...
    COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — COVID-19 vaccinations rolled out to nursing homes across New York on Monday. Doses were administered to staff and residents, but not everyone who is eligible for the vaccine is opting in, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. One small shot in the arm, one giant leap for nursing homes, which were hit so hard by the coronavirus. Lynette Rutherford, chief nursing officer at Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Commack rolled up her sleeve. Twice she was infected with COVID-19. She hopes nursing homes can soon reopen for family visits, thanks to the vaccine. MORE: COVID Vaccinations At N.Y. Nursing Homes Getting Underway “My hope is that with the vaccine, if enough people take it, that it will allow people to see there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Rutherford said. The first residents were vaccinated, too. Debbie Grosser, a former athlete, in rehab for years after a life-altering accident, was thrilled and grateful for the great minds that made the vaccine possible. “I feel like I have come through through a tunnel that has...
    Photo via NSFLong-term care residents and staff members at facilities in Broward and Pinellas counties began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday after Gov. Ron DeSantis directed “strike” teams to use the state’s supply of a coveted Pfizer vaccine at the facilities. “Our residents of long-term care facilities are more susceptible to negative outcomes than people who are very young, and we also knew that protecting them was important. It’s been a big mission for my administration since day one,” DeSantis said. DeSantis made the remarks at a news conference at John Knox Village of Pompano Beach in Broward County. Vera Leip, an 88-year-old retired teacher, was the first resident of the facility to roll up her sleeve and get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. Florida received 179,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week. About 100,000 were sent to five Florida hospitals, and tens of thousands of doses went to CVS and Walgreens, which signed agreements with the federal government to vaccinate residents and staff members at long-term care facilities. DeSantis also directed 21,450 doses be sent to the...
    As the network of federal and state officials, pharmacies and health care facilities prepare for the complex distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccines, plans for giving the life-saving doses to nursing home residents are taking shape, but patient advocates still have concerns about the difficult question of consent and what to do if there is not enough to go around. Under California’s guidelines, staff and the residents of long-term care facilities are among the first groups to get the vaccines, along with workers at hospitals and health care facilities who are most at risk of exposure to the coronavirus. While it’s unclear how many doses will be initially available for the state’s care facilities, the state’s directive spells out a hierarchy of prioritization based on types and locations of facilities, and then individuals’ attributes, including age and underlying medical conditions. At long-term care facilities, which have had more than 7,000 COVID-19 deaths among patients and staff since the beginning of the pandemic, the vaccines will be given through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens, who also have contracts with...
    Gov Cuomo says he will start vaccinating people immediately, as soon as next week, once the vaccine is approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state may receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine this weekend and that if approved, he'll start dishing them out to nursing home residents and healthcare workers as soon as next week.  The vaccine has still not yet been approved by the FDA but that could come as early as tomorrow.  Then, Cuomo's own panel of experts will review it to ensure it is safe before rolling it out.  He will then distribute the doses across the state.  New York City will get 72,000 doses and everywhere else will get amounts that correlate to their local populations.  First in line will be nursing home residents who are considered high risk. Then, it will roll out across all healthcare workers and essential workers, before being made available to the general public.  Cuomo says that will likely happen towards the end of January or the start of February - one of the most optimistic timelines so far. ...
    An Ohio nursing home provided its residents some holiday cheer over the Thanksgiving weekend with a ‘deer hunt’ that went viral on social media. The Continental Manor nursing home in Blanchester posted video on its Facebook page showing its patients fire toy guns at staffers who dressed as reindeer. The staffers donned antlers and costumes while prancing around trees in their makeshift ‘forest’ while the ‘hunters’ calmly picked them off one by one. Residents of the Continental Manor nursing home in Blanchester, Ohio, were 'hunting deer' over the Thanksgiving weekend Staffers donned antlers and deer costumes as they waded through the 'forest' in hopes of evading their predators One of the ruthless hunters is seen above as she is about to mercilessly pick off her prey  The deer stood little chance as one helpless animal is seen above lying on the floor after it was targeted Hasta la vista, baby! The deer hunters showed precise marksmanship with their weapons - Nerf toy guns  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Sr. Jeanne Arsenault returns to her room after breakfast at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence, a home for Catholic nuns in Marlborough, MA on August 26, 2020. Arsenault fell ill to COVID-19 during the outbreak.Craig F. Walker | Boston Globe | Getty Images The coronavirus death toll at U.S. nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was brutal and unrelenting. The Life Care Center nursing home outside Seattle, Washington, made international headlines in March after the coronavirus ripped through its residents and staff, resulting in at least 123 infections and dozens of deaths. In New Jersey, public officials discovered 17 dead bodies piled into a makeshift morgue in a nursing home in April when Covid-19 fatalities overwhelmed the facility. Nursing homes across the U.S., which house the most vulnerable of society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. While the outbreak subsided somewhat this fall, long-term care facilities are now seeing their most intense surge in Covid-19 cases since at least the summer. As new cases...
    CARE home residents and NHS staff will be first in line for the Pfizer vaccine, experts have confirmed. People aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk will be sixth in line for the jab after older age groups. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Experts this morning revealed who would get the vaccine first 3The elderly will be first in line for a vaccine as they are the most vulnerableCredit: Getty It comes as health regulators revealed that the Pfizer/BioNTech jab has been given the green light to be rolled out across the UK. Regulators this morning addressed the nation as the NHS gets set to start it's mass vaccination programme. The chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Dr June Raine lead the briefing. Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed (Chair of Commission on Human Medicine Expert Working Group) and Prof Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) were also in attendance. The JCVI updated...
    (CNN)Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 13-1 on Tuesday to recommend that both health care workers and residents of long term care facilities be first in line for any coronavirus vaccines that get emergency authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices voted to include both groups in what they're calling Phase 1a of the CDC's coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. "Long term care facility residents are defined as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently," the CDC said.Read MoreWhen can I get a coronavirus vaccine? "Health care personnel are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure or infectious materials." The CDC says long term care facility residents account for 6% of coronavirus cases and 40% of coronavirus deaths in the US. More than 240,000 health care workers have been infected with coronavirus and 858 have died, the CDC...
    Illinois officials have ordered an investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans nursing home following a revelation that employees continued working at the facility after testing positive for the virus.  Nearly 200 residents and staff members at the Illinois Veterans Home at LaSalle have tested positive to the coronavirus since the beginning of this month. 27 veterans living at the facility have died from the disease in the past four weeks alone.  On Tuesday, The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs ordered the investigation in the wake of two reports that uncovered shocking practices that took place at the nursing home - including the fact employees were not provided with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  'The tragedy of what has unfolded at the veterans' home cannot be understated,' state senator Sue Rezin said in a statement.  'There that there are lesson to be learned from this terrible outbreak that has claimed the lives of 27 of our nation's heroes.' Nearly 200 residents and staff members at the Illinois Veterans Home at LaSalle have tested positive to the coronavirus since the beginning of...
    A COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri has killed 20 residents over the past 6 weeks, KSN3 reported. The outbreak occurred at the John Knox Village Nursing Center, a skilled nursing facility with 253 beds, according to KSN3. Rodney McBride, vice president of community and health services for the facility, told the NBC affiliate that 156 residents and staff have tested positive for the virus as of Monday. “The virus is extremely efficient, extremely mean and it really doesn’t care about what you want- it wants what it wants,” McBride said.   COVID-19 outbreak at Missouri nursing home kills 20 residents https://t.co/N5gcOjxlzJ pic.twitter.com/sc8rFWDcSN — New York Post (@nypost) November 18, 2020 The facility has been inspected at least four times since March, and the reports show that it has been in compliance with policies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, KSN3 reported. (Every Resident At Kansas Nursing Home Reportedly Tests Positive For COVID-19, 10 Dead) “It makes you want to cry, ” McBride said. “The surveyors have been in eight times to do...
    BRIDGEVILLE (KDKA) — A local care center is dealing with a Coronavirus outbreak after dozens of residents and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. This outbreak is difficult for the The Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center as they have nearly 150 residents and staff at their facility who have tested positive for the virus. Two residents have died. According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Feifer, because the center is affiliated with a large national organization, additional staff has been brought in on a temporary basis to help the center. Dr. Feifer said once they learned the virus was at the center, they tested all of the residents and staff and will continue testing twice weekly until further notice. They will also continue to follow the state’s health department’s recommendation on minimizing the spread of the virus. Governor Tom Wolf will hold a media briefing later this morning to discuss how to strengthen support for long-term care facilities. Stay with KDKA for the latest from this briefing for more on KDKA’s News at Noon. 
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BRIDGEVILLE (KDKA) – Several staff members and residents of Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Dr. Richard Feifer, the Chief Medical Officer, 96 residents have tested positive, 51 staff members have tested positive, and two residents have died. “Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center has had 96 residents and 51 staff members test positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Feifer said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these residents during this difficult time, especially those of the two residents who passed away. Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center is affiliated with a large national organization, and additional staff has been brought in to temporarily support the center during this difficult time to ensure the safety and care of our residents.” Dr. Feifer told KDKA that once it was known there was a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, all residents and staff were alerted that they would be tested twice a week until further notice. The facility is following the direction of the Pennsylvania Department...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Coronavirus outbreaks at the Westmoreland County Prison and Westmoreland Manor have led to more infections. The county says 45 inmates and 11 employees have tested positive for the virus. That is 56 cases in total, 16 more than the prison had last Wednesday. The county also says 120 residents and 35 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at Westmoreland Manor. Last Wednesday, the county said 117 residents and 34 staff had tested positive.
    A coronavirus outbreak at a skilled nursing facility on California's central coast has killed nine people and infected more than 60 residents and staff, health officials said Wednesday. The outbreak at the Watsonville Post Acute Center in Santa Cruz County comes as the rates of new COVID-19 cases fall in that county and in California as a whole. The first case was discovered on September 17 when a resident tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a hospital for unrelated medical reasons, said Dr David Ghilarducci, deputy public health officer for the county.  Testing quickly showed another two dozen residents had the virus but weren't showing any symptoms, he said. A coronavirus outbreak at the Watsonville Post Acute Center (pictured) in Santa Cruz County has killed nine people and infected more than 60 residents and staff, health officials said Wednesday The first case was discovered on September 17 when a resident tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a hospital for unrelated medical reasons, said Dr David Ghilarducci, deputy public health officer for the county. Officials announced five...
    During an October 2 press conference updating Colorado residents about the spread of COVID-19, Governor Jared Polis offered sympathetic remarks about infections suffered by President Donald Trump and other members of the White House staff. But he also made it clear that those living and working in the building had taken unnecessary risks by declining to follow important safety protocols related to the novel coronavirus. "It's important for all workplaces to put strong precautions in place," Polis said from the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley amid a tour of Weld and Larimer counties, "and I think the White House didn't have strong enough precautions around mask wearing and social distancing. We want better than that for you and for me." Trump's health was at the top of the event's agenda. After introductory remarks, Polis noted, "I want to express on behalf of Colorado our wishes for all those associated with the COVID-19 outbreak in the White House to have a full recovery, including, of course, the president and his wife and all of those affected." He added, "We...
    Barbara Jo Kammer finds therapy in music, and in better times, she and her band, The Hippie Buckaroos, can often be found playing to the residents of senior homes in and around Boulder County. Of course, COVID-19 has made that next to impossible. The Lafayette resident didn't want to let a global pandemic stop her from helping others. She's taken her act solo and plays just outside the window for elders, many of whom are stuck inside and in need of a distraction. "I've been working with elders as a music therapist since I graduated from Naropa in 2000," Kammer says. "It's been a wonderful experience for the elders, for the staff and for us especially." The past few weeks have even made playing outside a bit of a challenge because the smoke from nearby fires and those in California have forced many senior homes to close their windows. Related Stories Playing Wind Instruments and Singing Can Spread COVID-19. Now What? How Denver's Open Mics Are Playing Out the Pandemic Country Singer Taylor Shae Tells Stories Through Song ...
    The latest weekly COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has the most entries since the start of the pandemic, a stunning 53. A large chunk of the sites included in this batch is associated with educational institutions, paced by Greek houses at major colleges and universities: seven, bringing the total to fourteen over just two weeks. And that's not counting the positive or probable novel coronavirus cases at the University of Colorado Boulder, currently nearly 1,700. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The department's new update, released September 30, lists 770 outbreaks: 195 active, 575 considered resolved. When the CDPHE launched its outbreak analyses on April 15, it included just 83 sites. The forty sites added on April 22 stood as the weekly record until yesterday, although...
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    THE FBI raided a Pennsylvania nursing where hundreds of residents and staff tested positive and dozens more have died - and another where staff stole patients' stimulus checks. Investigators from the FBI and state attorney general's office as well as other agencies used a search warrant to enter the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Thursday, where 447 residents and staff had contracted the coronavirus and another 73 people died from it. 5Authorities from the FBI and Pennsylvania's AG office raided two rehabilitation centers where over 440 residents contracted the coronavirusCredit: AP:Associated Press Authorities also raided the Mt. Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center about 40 minutes away in Pittsburgh, which is owned by the same company that owns Brighton and is where patients saw their stimulus checks go missing. U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania's Western District Scott Brady did not go into details about the search warrants but said anyone with information regarding suspected fraud, abuse, or victimization should contact a regional COVID-19 task force. The raid was part of a joint case between the FBI's fraud unit and the Attorney General's...
    WASHINGTON  — One in five U.S. nursing homes faced severe shortages of protective gear like N95 masks this summer even as the Trump administration pledged to help, according to a study released Thursday that finds facilities in areas hard-hit by COVID-19 also struggled to keep staff. Significantly, there was no improvement from May to July in the shortages of personal protective equipment, known as PPE, or in the staffing shortfalls, according to the analysis of federal data by academic researchers. The summer has seen the coronavirus surge across the South, and much of the West and Midwest. People living in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population, but account for 43% of coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Similar glaring disparities have been seen with nursing home residents in other countries, but in the U.S. the issue has become politically sensitive for President Donald Trump, who is trying to hang on to support from older voters in his reelection bid.JAMES A. BAKER, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, AND WIFE RECOVERING FROM CORONAVIRUS: REPORTS “A study that...
    A group of Minneapolis residents are suing the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey for failing to manage the city’s police force amid a surge in violent crime, Alpha News reported. The eight residents allege that the recent actions of the City Council and mayor have driven out officers, which the leaders have no plans to replace as the city moves toward plans to defund the police, Alpha News reported.  “Minneapolis is in a crisis. The city faces a violent crime rate that has skyrocketed this year. It is the responsibility of the City Council and the Mayor to make Minneapolis safe. Instead, the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey have violated their duties to fund, employ and manage a police force as required by the City Charter,” states the lawsuit, which was filed in Hennepin County District Court. People in cars show their support for protesters in front of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 5, 2020. (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images) More than 150 Minneapolis police officers began the...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Nursing homes and long-term care facilities in New Jersey are being allowed to reopen to visitors under a strict set of guidelines, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The facilities would have to meet “mandatory benchmarks” based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials in order to resume normal operations, according to Murphy. The plan “will establish phases for reopening based on the time since a last outbreak and further timed to the broader reopening stages of our statewide road back,” said the governor. Residents and staff would undergo required COVID-19 testing, and facilities must have adequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Murphy said the state...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — All of Pennsylvania’s 693 nursing homes have completed baseline testing of residents and staff, the state Department of Health said. The Wolf administration had ordered nursing homes to test all residents and staff at least once, having backed off an earlier demand for weekly testing amid concerns over practicality, cost and availability of testing supplies. Residents of long-term care homes account for more than two-thirds of the statewide death toll. Care homes struggled for months to contain the virus, with many lacking the trained staff, testing supplies and personal protective equipment in the early going that could have helped them slow the spread, public health experts say. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)
    LODI (CBS13) — There have been more than a dozen new cases and four more deaths in a coronavirus outbreak at a Lodi nursing home. On Thursday, Arbor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center gave an update on the outbreak at their facility that revealed 62 residents have now tested positive for coronavirus. While 30 of those residents have since recovered, the facility says a total of 9 residents have died. Earlier in July, the facility had reported 41 residents testing positive and 5 deaths. A total of 34 Arbor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19, the facility said on Thursday. This is up 8 from the facility’s previous report, but 24 staff members have now since recovered. The Lodi nursing center is just one of several in the area seeing an outbreak of coronavirus.
    (CNN)An assisted living facility in Billings, Montana, was offered free, voluntary surveillance coronavirus testing for residents and staff by the state of Montana in June but declined, health officials say.Now, almost all of the residents and some staff at Canyon Creek Memory Care have Covid-19, and eight residents have died of the disease, according to officials.Washington nursing home where dozens died faces federal fine of $600,000On June 30, one resident of Canyon Creek began to show symptoms of Covid-19, Chase Salyers, a spokesman for Koelsch Senior Communities, the company that runs the facility, told CNN.After that person's test came back positive, the facility tested everyone on July 3, Salyers explained.Those tests revealed that of the 59 Canyon Creek residents and 55 staff who were tested, 43 residents and 15 staff were positive for Covid-19, the company said last week.Read MoreThat number has since grown. At least 55 residents and 36 staff members have now tested positive, Pat Zellar, a spokeswoman for RiverStone Health, Yellowstone County's public health department, told CNN. As of Tuesday, eight residents have died from the disease,...
    LODI (CBS13) – A nursing center in Lodi reported 50 cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents as well as 1 death. Arbor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center said in a news release on Sunday that 35 residents and 15 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic. “We share this information because we believe it is important to everyone’s health and well-being to keep our residents, families, staff and the public fully informed,” the news release read. Further information regarding the deceased resident was not released. The nursing center said they are committed to facility-wide testing of staff and residents.
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a “safe and phased” reopening plan for assisted living facilities in the state, which requires universal screenings and face coverings for staff and visitors, mandates widespread testing and allows for limited visitation. “Maryland has consistently taken some of the earliest and most aggressive actions in the nation to protect older populations,” Hogan said in a statement Friday. “We will continue to lead in these efforts, while also allowing for more Marylanders to safely visit their loved ones.” Before assisted living facilities can begin reopening: The facility must not be experiencing an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, defined as one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 by a resident or staff member. There must be an absence of any facility-onset COVID-19 cases within the last 14 days. Universal source control must be in place, requiring anyone else entering the facility to wear a face mask or cloth face covering at all times while in the facility. Staff must have access to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). If facilities meet those requirements, limited visitation will be...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — CVS is partnering with the state Health Department to offer free coronavirus testing for nursing home residents and staff members. CVS says it will administer up to 50,000 tests, announced Wednesday in a release. There will be a three-tiered priority list for testing, the release says. It starts with facilities with new or ongoing outbreaks, followed by facilities with a history of a resolved outbreak and facilities with no outbreaks. “We are so pleased to have this level of collaboration and assistance from CVS Health,” state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in a release. “COVID-19 is a particularly challenging situation for congregate settings, particularly our nursing home facilities. This partnership strengthens and increases access to ensure universal testing is completed in nursing homes, as required in the order issued earlier this month. It will provide us the opportunity to better address outbreaks and work to prevent future outbreaks in nursing home facilities.” The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 495 new cases of Coronavirus on Wednesday, in addition to more than 50 new deaths....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing home residents account for nearly 1 in 10 of all the coronavirus cases in the United States and more than a quarter of the deaths, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data released Thursday. As federal data collection becomes more robust, a clearer picture is emerging of the ravages of COVID-19 in nursing homes. About 1.4 million older and medically frail people live in such facilities, a tiny share of the American population that has borne a crushing burden from the pandemic. Most residents have been in lockdown since early March, isolated from families and friends, even in death. AP’s analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that nearly half of the more than 15,000 nursing homes have reported suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of June 7. About 1 in 5 facilities — or 21% — have reported deaths. Nationwide, nursing homes reported nearly 179,000 suspected or confirmed cases among residents and 29,497 deaths. The latest figures include about 95% of nursing homes. Earlier this week, a...
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