By Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, May 28 2020 Many residents and staff members of Windsor Vallejo Care Center in Vallejo, Calif., have tested positive for COVID-19. (Ben Margot / Associated Press) Nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 cases in one Bay Area county can be linked to a single location, a skilled nursing home in Vallejo where more than 100 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus and 16 have died.
Bu Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, May 28 2020 The state health department requires testing of all nursing home residents and healthcare workers.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times) California’s health department has issued new instructions to all skilled nursing facilities to test everybody in their facilities in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, a move that overrules a more lax testing policy allowed by Los Angeles County.
Big Rapids News Pioneer, May 28 2020 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling for all residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities to be tested for the new coronavirus to try to slow the spread of the illness. The state’s Department of Public Health issued a letter saying facilities should draft testing plans for all residents in settings without cases and all residents who have been exposed to the virus, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
By Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, May 28 2020 Getty Images Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen. Fears about catching the coronavirus from contaminated surfaces have prompted many of us to spend the past few months wiping down groceries, leaving packages unopened and stressing about touching elevator buttons.
AFL 20-54 From the California Department of Public Health May 27, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Hot Summer Weather Advisory All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL reminds health care facilities to implement recommended precautionary measures to keep individuals safe and comfortable during extremely hot weather. Facilities must have contingency plans in place to deal with the loss of air conditioning, or in the case when no air conditioning is available, take measures to ensure patients and residents are free of adverse conditions that may cause heat-related health complications.
By Joaquin Palomino , Matthias Gafni and Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2020 Members of the California Air National Guard, Channel Islands, assemble a COVID-19 hospital at the Santa Clara Convention Center Friday, March 27, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. Santa Clara County is building the temporary hospital in case of a sudden surge in patients.
Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care The landscape of COVID-19 response in nursing homes continues to evolve rapidly at the federal and state levels. In Part V of the webinar series, Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition and Justice in Aging reviewed the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families.
By Danny Feingold, Capital & Main, May 26 2020 Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) If L.A. County is the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in California, with well over half the state’s 3,795 deaths occurring there, then the county’s nursing homes are ground zero.
By Amy Mendoza, Provider Magazine, May 26 2020 The number of reported cases of individuals in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with COVID-19 will likely more than double due to the data forthcoming from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), said an expert from the American Health Care Association (AHCA). As previously reported, SNFs are required to report to NHSN on all cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff, as well as to provide notifications to residents, their representatives, and families. This is happening at a time when states, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that all residents and staff be tested.
Commentary From Forbes’ Policy Editor, Avik Roy Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Doral, Fla. DeSantis has signed an executive order for the reopening of Miami-Dade and Broward counties on May 18. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Americans are vigorously debating the merits of continuing to lock down the U.S.