The Toll Of COVID-19 In Assisted Living Homes Is A ‘Black Hole’

By Molly Redden, Huffington Post, February 17 2021 “I don’t think we’ve really understood the suffering of our elders yet,” said a former longtime operator of elder care facilities. ILLUSTRATION:REBECCA ZISSER/HUFFPOST; PHOTOS:GETTY Uneven rules and loopholes mean dangerous health situations are falling through the cracks. When Tony Chicotel walks his dog around downtown Berkeley, he passes a nursing home and an assisted living facility.

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California nursing home workers died of COVID. The industry failed to tell state watchdogs

By Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, February 18 2021 A year into the pandemic, California’s workplace safety watchdog still doesn’t know how many nursing home workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job and died, a Sacramento Bee review of state records shows. California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes.

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Some retirement communities lure new residents with promise of Covid-19 vaccines

By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News, February 18 2021 Some assisted living facilities, pharmacy chains and health care providers are luring new customers with Covid-19 shots. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and learned that one service it offered was Covid-19 vaccination.

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