Deadly outbreak at a Santa Cruz County nursing home shows risk still runs high

By Mallory Moench and Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, October 9 2020 An empty wheelchair can be seen in the alley between the Watsonville Nursing Home and the Post Acute Center on Oct. 8, 2020. Photo: Sara Gobets / Special to The Chronicle WATSONVILLE — Information was scarce and access to loved ones restricted Thursday as the worst possible scenario played out for family members of residents of the Watsonville Post-Acute Center — a coronavirus outbreak that has killed nine people and infected 61.

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Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests

AFL 20-79 From the California Department of Public Health October 9, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs general acute care hospitals (GACHs) of the ability to access Salesforce to create and coordinate resource requests to their Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC).

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CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing Agency issues cease and desist letters to laboratories testing without appropriate certification The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking every action to ensure U.S. laboratories are fit to deliver reliable, accurate and timely patient test results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by confirming Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) certifications are up- to-date.

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Pandemic Erects Barriers for Prized Bloc of Voters in Nursing Homes, Senior Facilities

By Rachel Bluth, CaliforniaHealthline, October 9 2020 Voting booths in a polling place set up in a retirement home in Carmichael, California on Nov. 4, 2014. (Mardis Coers/Contributor via Getty Images) The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year’s voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

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