These California Nursing Homes Have Had COVID-19 Outbreaks

By Molly Peterson, KQED, April 21 2020 Listen to this story by Molly Peterson. More than 250 skilled nursing facilities, including Garden Crest Rehabilitation Center in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, have reported outbreaks of COVID-19 as of April 20, 2020.  (KQED/Molly Peterson) More than 21 percent of nursing homes in California now report cases of COVID-19, according to new lists state officials made public Monday, following a promise by the governor.

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Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19

AFL 20-46 From the California Department of Public Health April 21, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL clarifies the process for requesting staffing resources for healthcare facilities and alternate care sites during COVID-19. Urgent Staffing Requests for Healthcare Facilities Healthcare facilities that experience a sudden spike in staff absenteeism or attrition, creating an urgent staffing shortage, must report these issues as an unusual occurrence to the local California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification District Office.

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Advocates Oppose Nursing Home Industry’s Attempt to Seek Immunity From Elder Abuse Through Backroom Deal with Governor

April 23rd Update: CANHR has joined Justice In Aging, ACLU California, Bet Tzedek, CPEHN, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fun, Health Consumer Alliance, Latino Coalition For a Healthier California, Maternal and Child Health Access and the National Health Law Program in a Joint Letter to Governor Newsom opposing blanket immunity for Health Care Providers.

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Over 30 Bay Area nursing facilities report COVID-19 cases as crisis grows

By Cristina Rendon, KTVU FOX 2 News OAKLAND, Calif (KTVU) – Data from the California Department of Public Health show out of more than 1,200 skilled nursing facilities, at least 258 facilities are dealing with coronavirus cases. In the Bay Area, Santa Clara County has been particularly hit hard with coronavirus cases reported at 11 facilities. Notable outbreaks include Canyon Springs Post-Acute in San Jose where 26 staffers and 45 patients have tested positive for COVID-19, Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehab in Sunnyvale where 19 staffers and 38 patients have tested positive for COVID-19, and Valley House Rehab Center in Santa Clara where 21 staffers and 42 patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Pasadena now has more coronavirus deaths than Long Beach

By Bradley Bermont | Pasadena Star-News  | Updated April 21, 2020 Pasadena Public Health Department director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh spoke to media during a tour of the city’s coronavirus overflow patient facility at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Pasadena, CA. (Staff photo by Bradley Bermont/SCNG.) Five more Pasadena residents with COVID-19 died this weekend, Pasadena officials said on Monday, April 20, taking the city’s death toll to 25.

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COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION ONLINE RESOURCES ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-11-CCLD April 21 2020 TO: ALL CCLD FACILITY LICENSEES AND PROVIDERS ALL CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATORS ALL ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM VENDORS Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION ONLINE RESOURCES ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-11-CCLD announces a dedicated COVID-19 landing page on the Community Care Licensing Division website where all licensees, certified and approved homes, providers, and the public can access online resources related to COVID-19.

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Nursing home for COVID-19 patients to be run by firm with history of safety violations and lawsuits

By Ed Williams and Rachel Mabe  | Searchlight New Mexico |  April 21, 2020 As cases of COVID-19 mount in New Mexico’s nursing homes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that the state will partner with Genesis Healthcare, a for-profit chain that has been denounced by the U.S. Department of Justice as an “unscrupulous provider” that routinely provides “grossly substandard nursing care.” The plan, announced April 10, calls for elderly nursing home residents who test positive for the virus to be transferred to Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center, a 73-bed Genesis-owned facility in Albuquerque with a history of sometimes life-threatening health and safety violations.

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Senior advocates to Newsom: Don’t give immunity to healthcare providers during coronavirus crisis

By BRENDA GAZZAR | Daily Breeze | April 20 2020 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 8: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to members of the media regarding the Grand Princess cruise ship at Elihu M. Harris State Office Building in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The ship is currently offshore and is expected to dock at the Port of Oakland tomorrow.

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