Coronavirus questions: I-Team digs into records of Orinda nursing home, scene of COVID-19 outbreak

By Dan Noyes ABC7 News ORINDA, Calif. (KGO) — A resident from East Bay nursing home Orinda Care Center died over the weekend after testing positive for novel coronavirus. He was among two dozen residents who’ve been infected there, along with several staff, making for one of the largest nursing home outbreaks in the state. The ABC7 I-Team has been digging into the facility’s records.

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Dear Clinician Letter

April 6, 2020 As you are aware, the United States is currently experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the respiratory illness 2019 caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the potential effect this virus may have on our healthcare system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to ensure maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to allow you to focus on your patients.

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CDC is pressured to start keeping a formal tally of nursing homes with coronavirus cases

By Laura Strickler, NBC NEWS, April 6 2020 Democratic senators are pressing the CDC to keep a national tally of long-term facilities with coronavirus cases. There were at least 400 a week ago. Lori Spencer visits her mother, Judie Shape, who tested positive for coronavirus at the Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home near Seattle, on March 11, 2020.Jason Redmond / Reuters fileApril 6, 2020, 2:48 PM PDT By Laura Strickler WASHINGTON — As the number of coronavirus cases in nursing homes continues to skyrocket, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now considering whether or not to start keeping a formal tally of nursing homes with ongoing cases according to an agency spokesperson.

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Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services, and Treatment Recommendations

April 6, 2020 To aggressively address COVID-19, CMS recognizes that conservation of critical healthcare resources is essential, in addition to limiting exposure of patients and staff to the virus that causes COVID-19. CMS also recognizes the importance of reducing burdens on the existing health system and maintaining services while keeping patients and providers safe. CMS, in collaboration with medical societies and associations, recently created recommendations to postpone non-essential surgeries and other procedures.

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Coronavirus outbreak at SF’s largest nursing home: Early missteps, delayed response at Laguna Honda

Jason Fagone and Trisha Thadani San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2020  Miles LeBoeuf is seen at his home in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, April 3, 2020. LeBoeuf works at Laguna Honda and is concerned for the health and safety of the patients and employees who work there during the coronavirus outbreak.Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle Miles LeBoeuf, a supply clerk at Laguna Honda, San Francisco’s biggest nursing home, wasn’t concerned about the new coronavirus when he first read about it in January.

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Column: Gov. Newsom’s California Health Corps to fight coronavirus is unprecedented. Now he needs to produce

By George Skelton Capitol Journal Columnist – Published in the Los Angeles Times April 6, 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom discuses California’s efforts to convert hotels and motels into isolation housing for the homeless threatened by the coronavirus during an April 3 news conference near Sacramento.(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) SACRAMENTO – It’s easy for political leaders to order people to stay home and cover their faces when they venture out.

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Advocates For Nursing Home Residents Call On State To Resume Onsite Inspections

By Amita Sharma KPBS, April 6 2020 Above: Seniors gather in an auditorium for morning announcements, March 4, 2020. CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS Advocates for people living in nursing homes say the California Department of Public Health’s decision to stop sending inspectors into those facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic is a mistake that could have deadly consequences “Who will detect life-threatening infection control problems, which are rampant in nursing homes?” California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform asked in a statement.

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Nursing Home Residents Seek Immediate Injunction Against State-Sanctioned Resident “Dumping” in Wake of COVID-19

Plaintiffs Demand that California Adhere to Federal Law FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 San Francisco, CA – In a motion filed last Friday, residents in several California nursing homes have petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. to enjoin the State from ongoing violations of federal anti-dumping regulations.  As a result of the State’s inaction, the suit alleges that vulnerable nursing home residents have been improperly dumped into hospitals, putting them at risk of COVID-19 and wasting precious resources for sick patients. 

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Summary of April 2 Guidance from CMS and CDC

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care On April 2, CMS and CDC issued a new set of recommendations after learning from on-site surveys that more needs to be done to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  Major highlights of this guidance are presented below. Advocates are urged to read the full guidance. Nursing homes should ensure they are complying with all CMS and CDC guidance about infection control, with a particular focus on hand hygiene.State and local leaders should work together to help address nursing home needs for PPE and tests.Facilities should screen every single person entering the facility (with the exception of EMS personnel responding to an emergency).Access points should be limited and have screening stations.PPE should be used to a greater extent.All staff must wear facemasks.Staff must wear full PPE:To care for a resident with COVID-19.To care for all residents when there is COVID-19 transmission in the facility.Residents should wear facemasks:If and when they leave the room regularly for care (e.g.

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