New laws aim to better protect California nursing home residents, essential workers from infectious outbreaks

By Benda Gazzar, Southern California News Group, December 14 2020 New laws aim to better protect California nursing home residents, essential workers from infectious outbreaks When the coronavirus pandemic struck, some health care workers resorted to wearing trash bags over their clothes and bandanas around their faces in a desperate effort to protect themselves. And as the unfamiliar virus ravaged nursing homes, it became clear these facilities needed all the infection control guidance they could get.

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Can California nursing homes avoid the next ‘humanitarian crisis?’

By Brenda Gazzar, Redlands Daily Facts, December 13 2020 As the state battles a new coronavirus surge, and its aging baby boom generation increasingly needs nursing home care, industry experts, advocates, public health officials and lawmakers are grappling with how to better prepare skilled nursing facilities for the next infectious disease crisis. Marisela Muñoz never wanted to see the woman who raised her since birth land in a nursing home.

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Plans to vaccinate California nursing home residents take shape, but questions and concerns remain

By Annie Sciacca and Emily Deruy, Times~Herald, December 12 2020 A nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.

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Beleaguered nursing homes prepare for monumental task of vaccinating residents and staff

By Christopher Rowland and Will Englund, The Washington Post, December 4 2020 A customer walks past a sign indicating that a coronavirus vaccine is not yet available at Walgreens in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 2. (Ashley Landis/AP) CVS and Walgreens are the linchpins in plan to vaccinate millions of nursing home residents, where coronavirus infections have resulted in more than 100,000 deaths The United States is about to embark on the mammoth challenge of giving vaccines to 3 million residents of nursing homes and assisted-living centers, which have struggled to protect elderly people in their charge, as well as caregivers, from coronavirus infections, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths.

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COVID vaccine to be distributed to nursing homes

By Terisa Estacio, KRON4, December 2 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Since the majority of  COVID deaths are occurring at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the federal government has determined people there will be in the first group to be offered the vaccine.    The logistics behind helping some of the most vulnerable are daunting.  From Watsonville Post-Acute Center to Windsor Vallejo Care Facility, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 affecting those living at skilled nursing homes or assisted living facilities is both sad and staggering.

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‘We have no business taking victory laps:’ Just as conditions were improving, second wave of COVID-19 strikes California nursing homes

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, November 21 2020 SAN JOSE CA – NOVEMBER 18: On outbreak of COVID has been reported at Atria Willow Glen, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in San Jose, Calif., (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Large outbreaks at two San Jose care facilities are among the Bay Area’s surging COVID-19 cases Despite remaining sequestered inside their walls for more than eight months, almost totally isolated from family members and the outside world, residents of long-term care facilities across California now face another dangerous spread of the coronavirus in their midst.

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COVID-19’s Deadly Lesson: Time To Revamp Long-Term Care

By Deborah Gastfreund Schuss, Health Affairs Blog, November 17 2020 At age 42, James Reilly has lived in a nursing facility for seven years because of a worsening seizure disorder that struck when he was born. Betsy and Tom Reilly have been by their son’s side each day, gently exercising his limbs, monitoring his oxygen, and being James’ “extra set of eyes” since he cannot speak for himself.

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California nursing homes see surge in coronavirus cases amid statewide spike

By Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, November 12 2020 Nurses from John Muir Medical Center suited up in April before entering Orinda Care Center, where dozens of residents and staff members had tested positive for coronavirus.Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle Coronavirus cases are starting to surge again in California nursing homes amid a third deadly wave of the virus.

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When COVID Hit: America’s Nursing Home Nightmare

By Al Jazeera English, November 4 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, nursing homes became ground zero. By November, more than 60,000 nursing home residents had died of COVID-19, accounting for roughly a quarter of all fatalities nationwide. Yet the nursing home industry had already struggled with chronic problems before the pandemic. From allegations of systematic understaffing to toothless government oversight, Fault Lines examines what made residents and workers so vulnerable.

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As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs and Shawn Mulcahy, The Washington Post, October 29 2020 Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Va., with more than a dozen covid-19 deaths, was issued a $5,000 fine for not separating residents in a common area. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Despite promises of ‘aggressive enforcement,’ over 40,000 residents died in homes that received a clean bill of health At the outset of a looming pandemic, just weeks after the first known coronavirus outbreak on U.S.

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