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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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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Advocates For Nursing Home Residents Call On State To Resume Onsite Inspections

By Amita Sharma KPBS, April 6 2020 Above: Seniors gather in an auditorium for morning announcements, March 4, 2020. CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS Advocates for people living in nursing homes say the California Department of Public Health’s decision to stop sending inspectors into those facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic is a mistake that could have deadly consequences “Who will detect life-threatening infection control problems, which are rampant in nursing homes?” California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform asked in a statement.

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After Uproar, California Refines Order For Nursing Homes To Take In People With Virus

By Amita Sharma KPBS, April 3 2020 PHOTO BY DR. KARL STEINBERG Above: Dr. Karl Steinberg, who is a nursing home and hospice medical director in North County, called the California Department of Public Health’s new order clarifying when nursing homes should accept COVID-19 patients, a step in the right direction, April 2, 2020. After rebukes from doctors and advocates for elderly people, the California Department of Public Health refined a sweeping order that had required nursing homes to accept residents recovering from or suspected of having COVID-19.

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‘Disaster’ Feared if Sick Moved to California Nursing Homes

The Associated Press, April 3 2020 LOS ANGELES — A California directive that could open the way for some patients sickened with COVID-19 to be sent from overburdened hospitals to nursing homes is being criticized by industry officials who fear vulnerable, elderly residents would be placed at risk. The California Association of Health Facilities, which represents most skilled nursing homes in the state, warned that many of the nursing homes lack sufficient gloves, masks and other protective supplies to limit the spread of coronavirus infections.

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L.A. County death toll nears 80 as number of coronavirus cases skyrockets past 4,000

By Hannah Fry, Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II, Jack Dolan, Hailey Branson-Potts Los Angeles Times April 2, 2020 A medical staff member carries a digital inverter generator into Cedar Mountain Post Acute nursing home after 51 residents and six staff members tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday in Yucaipa. Two of the residents have died. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles County health officials Thursday confirmed 13 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the toll to 78.

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Coronavirus: San Jose nursing facility residents, staff member test positive for virus

By Annie Sciacca | Evan Webeck | and Thomas Peele | Bay Area News Group | Updated: April 2, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. As possible cases mount, families are urged to bring their loved ones home SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 1: A man hangs a sign that reads “Heroes Work Here” outside the Canyon Springs Post-Acute Care Center in San Jose, Calif.

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Patients infected by coronavirus may be moved to California nursing homes

By Cynthia Dizikes and Jason Fagone San Francisco Chronicle April 1 2020 Hospital personnel walks past the front of Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday March 31, 2020. Photo: Nick Otto / Special to The Chronicle A bird is seen flying above Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday March 31, 2020.Photo: Nick Otto / Special to The Chronicle California nursing homes, already struggling to fight the new coronavirus, could soon be forced to accept infected patients from overflowing hospitals, according to a controversial state order that nursing home experts have derided as a “death sentence” for vulnerable residents.

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Coronavirus creates emergency in nursing homes

By Jessie Hellmann, The Hill 04/01/2020 © Getty Images Nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the U.S. are facing a crisis as hundreds of elderly residents test positive for COVID-19, a disease found to be particularly lethal to older adults. The disease caused by the new coronavirus is spreading like wildfire at hundreds of elder care facilities, which are already at high risk for disease outbreaks because of close quarters, understaffing, lack of supplies and lax government oversight.

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California Orders Nursing Homes to Admit Residents with COVID-19; Experts call Directive a “Death Sentence”

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine, April 1 2020 April 1, 2020 (San Diego) — After weeks of warning Californians about the deadly threat the coronavirus poses to nursing home residents, the State of California on March 30th ordered California nursing home operators to bring the virus into their facilities, “knowing full well it is likely to kill many residents,” says Michael Dark, staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).

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