Task force says nursing homes need more aid. Critics say industry should step up.

By Will Englund, The Washington Post, September 17 2020 The special panel urged the Trump administration and states to provide more resources but some say it failed to hold industry and regulators accountable. Lynn Foley, right, of Deerfield Beach, reaches out to her mother, Vernice Huff, as they celebrate her 100th birthday at John Knox Village recently in Pompano Beach, Fla.

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‘Behind the 8-ball:’ Many Southern California nursing homes hit hard by coronavirus had prior issues

By Brenda Gazzar and Beau Yarbrough, Los Angeles Daily News, September 15, 2020 Many factors can contribute to how severely the virus strikes a home, including its location and size. But having enough staff is vital, especially during a pandemic, experts say. New research backs that up. Ed Harbur, Dave Gonzalez and Gustavo “Sky” Gonzalez with the Gonzalez’s mother, Evangelina.

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Exclusive: Under pressure from relatives, SF allows outdoor nursing home visits

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, September 4 2020 Theresa Palmer has a Zoom meeting with her 103-year-old mother and other family members. Photo by Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle The San Francisco Public Health Department has issued a new health order letting nursing home residents receive visitors outdoors — a victory for hundreds of people like Teresa Palmer, who hasn’t seen her 103-year-old mother since March and feared she would never see her in person again.

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Workers and customers are catching COVID-19. Should businesses escape blame?

By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, August 27 2020 Henry Ephriam, who works at a Ralphs warehouse in Compton, contracted COVID-19 and is a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the grocery chain. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Henry Ephriam landed in the hospital, terrified and suffering from chest pains, one of 125 workers at the Ralphs grocery chain’s Compton warehouse who were sickened with COVID-19.

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Did Barbara Ferrer Fail to Protect L.A.’s Most Vulnerable from COVID?

By Danny Feingold and Dan Ross, Capital & Main, August 26 2020 Barbara Ferrer photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Defenders of L.A.’s public health chief see a fierce advocate for equity but many question her record and leadership style. Amid the resurgence of COVID-19, the dog days of summer have not been kind to the nation’s public health leaders.

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Life In Lockdown: LA Nursing Home Residents Risk Eviction If They Break The Rules

By Jackie Fortiér, LAist, August 24 2020 (Chava Sanchez/LAist) Under near constant video surveillance, she’ll only talk on her cell phone when she’s sure no one can overhear. She eats her meals alone and spends most of her time in her room. She feels like she’s in prison, not a nursing home. “In the beginning, all of the measures were supposed to be to help seniors,” said the woman, whom we’ll call Lucy.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN ROOM 10?

By Katie Engelhart, Animations by Matt Bollinger, Photographs by Jovelle Tamayo, The California Sunday Magazine, August 23 2020 The Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, was the first COVID hot spot in the U.S. Forty-six people associated with the nursing home died, exposing how ill-prepared we were for the pandemic — and how we take care of our elderly.This is their story.

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New federal nursing home commission met privately for weeks before delivering draft recommendations to the government

By Alexa Mikhail and Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, The Washington Post, August 21 2020 A 25-member task force has been meeting out of public view for weeks and has drafted recommendations related to the nursing home industry’s response to coronavirus. (N/A/iStockphoto/Getty Images) With some members connected to industry and little opportunity for public input, advocates fear further weakening of patient protections.

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Nursing homes across the country report financial struggles during pandemic

By Mimi Elkalla, ABC10 News, August 19 2020 SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — There are currently 34 active COVID-19 outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across San Diego County. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said from March 25 to Aug. 18, there were hundreds of cases reported at SNFs. “We have 86 skilled nursing facilities throughout the County of San Diego.

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State Nursing Home Regulatory Redo Prompts Critics’ Fears Amid Pandemic

By Jaxon Van Derbeken, NBC Bay Area, August 18 2020 The Department of Public Health is overhauling how it regulates nursing homes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 3,500 elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities across California. Jaxon Van Derbeken reports. The Department of Public Health is overhauling how it regulates nursing homes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 3,500 elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities across California.

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