Coronavirus updates: At least 40 cases in one Alameda County nursing facility

By Amy Graff, SFGATE April 8, 2020 Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, Calif. LATEST April 8, 10:15 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke with KCBS Radio Wednesday morning and said the state is preparing for the spread of the coronavirus to peak in May.  This is something the governor has said repeatedly in interviews and press conferences in recent days.

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Documenting Decisionmaking In a Pandemic

There is hardly an element of life that has not gone untouched or completely upended by COVID-19.  With ubiquitous “shelter in place” orders and worldwide “social distancing,” finding notaries public and other witnesses for the signing of legal documents has become challenging for many folks and nearly impossible for long term care facility residents.  The burdens for these residents include: National, state, county, and city orders essentially prohibiting on-site visitors for nursing home and assisted living facility residents;Law that bars health care providers from acting as witnesses of Advance Health Care Directives (AHCDs); Fellow residents who cannot serve as witnesses because of varying degrees of infirmity and cognitive impairment;Law requiring AHCDs be witnessed by a long term care Ombudsman at a time when Ombudsman are not able to go into facilities.

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Coronavirus: In Alameda County, dozens of nursing home staff and residents test positive for COVID-19

By Annie Sciacca | asciacca@bayareanewsgroup.com and Thomas Peele | tpeele@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group/Mercury News In what appears to be the largest Alameda County coronavirus outbreak, a skilled nursing facility in Hayward could have more than 40 cases of COVID-19, while another facility in Castro Valley has almost two dozen confirmed cases across staff and residents.

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Consider pulling residents from nursing homes over coronavirus, says county health director

By Jack Dolan, Matt Hamilton Los Angeles Times April 7, 2020 The Kensington, an assisted living residence in Redondo Beach, has seen an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times) With coronavirus sweeping through nursing homes at a deadly pace, Los Angeles County’s public health director on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of telling families it would be “perfectly appropriate” to pull loved ones out of long-term facilities for their safety.

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Orinda nursing home with coronavirus outbreak had sanitation, staffing violations

Anna Bauman San Francisco Chronicle April 7, 2020 A worker from John Muir Medical Center on Monday enters Orinda Care Center, where 27 nursing home residents and 22 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle A sign hangs on the door at Orinda Care Center, where 49 residents and staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle The owner of a nursing home in Orinda with nearly 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 operates a network of California long-term care facilities with a lengthy record of health and safety violations, records show.

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CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered near $34 billion in the past week to the healthcare providers on the frontlines battling the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds have been provided through the expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to ensure providers and suppliers have the resources needed to combat the pandemic.

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Eviction Relief for Residents of California Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Judicial Council of California adopts emergency rule for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis While state, county, and municipal authorities in California have sensibly acted to limit evictions during the current shelter-in-place order, these measures have provided little protection for residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and residential care facilities for the elderly (“RCFEs”)—until now. In a meeting on April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted an emergency rule effectively stopping all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6826551/20-141-Emergency-Rules-Complete-Rule-Set-as.pdf The emergency rule prohibits a California court from issuing a summons in an eviction case— also called an “unlawful detainer” proceeding— unless the eviction is necessary to protect public health and safety.

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Covid-19 has killed 702 New York nursing home residents, but state won’t say where

By Lou Michel The Buffalo News April 7, 2020 As of Sunday, nursing home residents represent 15% of the state’s Covid-19 fatalities. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo) More than 700 of New York State’s estimated 100,000 nursing home residents have died from Covid-19, but the state refuses to identify the nursing homes that housed more than 3,000 residents who tested positive for the highly contagious virus.

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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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