By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, June 24 2020 At least 15 people have died from COVID-19 infections at the San Miguel Villa nursing facility in Concord, according to data from the California Department of Public Health as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Google Street View) CONCORD — At least 14 people are dead after COVID-19 infected 75 people at an East Bay skilled nursing facility, according to data published by the state.
KCBS Radio, June 24 2020 KCBS Radio Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell and KCBS Radio Political Reporter Doug Sovern speak with Mike Dark, a staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a non-profit advocacy group that’s been at the forefront of nursing home issues in the state for almost 40 years. They discuss how nursing homes have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done to change that.
By Amita Sharma, KPBS, June 24 2020 Above: California Gov. Gavin Newsom is pictured in an April 2020 photograph. CREDIT: RICH PEDRONCELLI / AP Despite months of pressure from the senior care home industry, it appears that neither Gov. Gavin Newsom nor state lawmakers will shield facilities from most lawsuits related to the coronavirus. “This governor has shown a tremendous amount of empathy for the elderly here,” said Lea-Ann Tratten, political director for the Consumer Attorneys of California, which opposes giving immunity to the facilities.
By Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News, June 24 2020 Pixabay | CC0 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday released an updated set of frequently asked questions designed to encourage safe visitation of residents in nursing homes. While the federal government has largely left the decision to reopen nursing facilities up to the states, CMS emphasized that it supports safe visitation efforts — while also clarifying that aspects of the original ban, issued in March, may not be as strict as some facilities have interpreted.