Coronavirus: In Alameda County, dozens of nursing home staff and residents test positive for COVID-19

By Annie Sciacca | asciacca@bayareanewsgroup.com and Thomas Peele | tpeele@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group/Mercury News In what appears to be the largest Alameda County coronavirus outbreak, a skilled nursing facility in Hayward could have more than 40 cases of COVID-19, while another facility in Castro Valley has almost two dozen confirmed cases across staff and residents.

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Consider pulling residents from nursing homes over coronavirus, says county health director

By Jack Dolan, Matt Hamilton Los Angeles Times April 7, 2020 The Kensington, an assisted living residence in Redondo Beach, has seen an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times) With coronavirus sweeping through nursing homes at a deadly pace, Los Angeles County’s public health director on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of telling families it would be “perfectly appropriate” to pull loved ones out of long-term facilities for their safety.

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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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Covid-19 has killed 702 New York nursing home residents, but state won’t say where

By Lou Michel The Buffalo News April 7, 2020 As of Sunday, nursing home residents represent 15% of the state’s Covid-19 fatalities. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo) More than 700 of New York State’s estimated 100,000 nursing home residents have died from Covid-19, but the state refuses to identify the nursing homes that housed more than 3,000 residents who tested positive for the highly contagious virus.

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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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CDC is pressured to start keeping a formal tally of nursing homes with coronavirus cases

By Laura Strickler, NBC NEWS, April 6 2020 Democratic senators are pressing the CDC to keep a national tally of long-term facilities with coronavirus cases. There were at least 400 a week ago. Lori Spencer visits her mother, Judie Shape, who tested positive for coronavirus at the Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home near Seattle, on March 11, 2020.Jason Redmond / Reuters fileApril 6, 2020, 2:48 PM PDT By Laura Strickler WASHINGTON — As the number of coronavirus cases in nursing homes continues to skyrocket, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now considering whether or not to start keeping a formal tally of nursing homes with ongoing cases according to an agency spokesperson.

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Coronavirus outbreak at SF’s largest nursing home: Early missteps, delayed response at Laguna Honda

Jason Fagone and Trisha Thadani San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2020  Miles LeBoeuf is seen at his home in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, April 3, 2020. LeBoeuf works at Laguna Honda and is concerned for the health and safety of the patients and employees who work there during the coronavirus outbreak.Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle Miles LeBoeuf, a supply clerk at Laguna Honda, San Francisco’s biggest nursing home, wasn’t concerned about the new coronavirus when he first read about it in January.

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Column: Gov. Newsom’s California Health Corps to fight coronavirus is unprecedented. Now he needs to produce

By George Skelton Capitol Journal Columnist – Published in the Los Angeles Times April 6, 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom discuses California’s efforts to convert hotels and motels into isolation housing for the homeless threatened by the coronavirus during an April 3 news conference near Sacramento.(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) SACRAMENTO – It’s easy for political leaders to order people to stay home and cover their faces when they venture out.

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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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Bay Area nursing homes struggle to slow coronavirus spread

By Ron Kroichick San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2020 Signage outside the Laguna Honda Hospital entrance states that visitors are not allowed in.Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova / Special to The Chronicle At an Orinda nursing home, 27 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. At San Francisco’s huge Laguna Honda Hospital, 14 have the virus. A post-acute care facility in San Jose has 11 infections, and an assisted living facility in Burlingame has six.

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