Inspector General May Not Stem Deadly COVID-19 Outbreaks at L.A. Nursing Homes

By Danny Feingold, Capital & Main, June 27 2020 County public health director Barbara Ferrer confers with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) There was a sense of urgency when, on May 26, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors considered a motion to increase oversight of nursing homes. Alarmed by the lethal spread of COVID-19 in these facilities, the board — which governs the most populous county in the nation — voted unanimously to appoint an inspector general to oversee the area’s nearly 400 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

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Coronavirus deaths at nursing homes like San Miguel in Concord driven by poor oversight

By Sarah Ravani, San Franscisco Chronicle, June 23 2020 San Miguel Villa is a 190-bed nursing home in Concord. One worker and 14 patients have died from the coronavirus.Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Debra Plummer learned with horror while watching TV this week that 14 residents and at least one health care worker at the San Miguel Villa nursing home in Concord have died of COVID-19, and 75 more have been infected with the coronavirus.

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During Coronavirus, Parents Face Fight for Right to See Care-Home Children

By Eleanor Laise, Barron’s, June 21, 2020 Jackson Mitzner, right, and his sisters. Courtesy Crystal Ton Crystal Ton won’t take no for an answer. For three months, the Virginia Beach, Va., mother of four has been fighting to see her 13-year-old son, Jackson Mitzner. Jackson has complex cerebral palsy, among other conditions, and lives in a pediatric long-term care facility, which barred all visitors amid Covid-19’s spread in late March.

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‘Pandemic within a pandemic:’ What’s fueling LA County’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes?

By Brenda Gazzar, Daily News, June 20 2020 Lisa Cook at the Stoney Point Healthcare Center in Chatsworth, CA Wednesday, April 29, 2020. For several days Cook had no communication with her 62-year-old husband, a resident in Stoney Point nursing home in Chatsworth. When she finally convinced a nurse to let her FaceTime with her husband who recently had a stroke, she could barely recognize him.

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‘This isn’t a drill’: How LA’s Motion Picture home battled coronavirus

By Brenda Gazzar, Daily News, June 20 2020 Bob Beitcher, President and CEO of the Motion Picture and Television Fund at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Management stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks and gloves. They informed residents that they would be sheltering in place and no visitors would be allowed.

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Amid Deadly Virus, Advocates Push for Nursing Home Alternatives

By Michael Schulson, Undark, June 19 2020 Residents of a nursing home on a group “outing” in mid-May gathered outside their facility as family and friends drove around the building, cheered, and played music. Visual: Gilbert Mercier / Flickr IN THE SPAN of less than four months, Covid-19 has killed around one in every 40 nursing home residents in the United States — some 32,000 people as of May 31, according to federal data.

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Inside the ‘anarchy’ of Pasadena’s evacuated nursing home

By Bradley Bermont, Pasadena Star News, June 19 2020 Belle Piedrasanta, left, and Mira Alvarez remove belongings of a relative who worked at the Golden Cross Health Care facility as it was evacuated because the operators were failing to provide even the most basic health services in Pasadena on Friday, June 12, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) State nursing home investigators had been in and out of Pasadena-based Golden Cross Health Care for 11 days when they walked into a resident’s room just after 6 p.m.

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L.A. Public Health Ok’d Release of COVID Patients to Nursing Homes With Many Coronavirus Deaths, Poor Ratings

By Danny Feingold, Capital & Main, June 18 2020 The agency also scrubbed statistics on coronavirus deaths and cases at designated nursing homes from its website. Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) As part of California’s controversial practice of discharging COVID-19 patients from acute-care hospitals into nursing homes, L.A.

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Counting the dead: Nursing home COVID data a ‘tangled mess’

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Cal Matters, June 17 2020 Jeannie Richards, left, and her sister Carol Soward, both of Hayward, and their brother Donald Soward look at each other through his room window during a visit at the Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hayward Saturday, May 16, 2020. Soward contracted COVID-19 at the care facility while recovering from a leg amputation.

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