A study from the American Health Care Association has found that the COVID-19 vaccines are contributing to lower infection rates and COVID spread in nursing homes. This study, based on preliminary data gathered shortly after the introduction of the vaccine in nursing homes in late 2020, provides evidence in favor of reopening nursing homes after its residents and staff have been vaccinated.
AFL 21-10 From the California Department of Public Health February 22, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Change to Health Care Facility License Issuance All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities that effective March 1, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centralized Applications Branch (CAB), will change the way it issues licenses to health care facilities.
By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, February 20 2021 The Golden Cross Heath Care facility in Pasadena as it was evacuated on Friday, June 12, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) A reform advocate says the county Health Facilities Inspection Division ‘has not been up to the job of overseeing and monitoring nursing homes in L.A.’ A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.
By Matthew Cunningham-Cook, The Intercept, February 20 2021 The family of Hortensia Sosa, who died from Covid-19 while at Redwood Springs Health Center’s nursing home, stands at her grave at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, Calif., on May 3, 2020. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images Just two nursing home executives have been indicted for Covid-19 deaths, while the industry showered millions on candidates, PACs, and lobbying.
By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, February 19 2021 Medical personnel bring a person from an ambulance into the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, Calif., on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is now investigating after thirteen patients have died and a total of 66 people have contracted the coronavirus at the facility.
By Molly Redden, Huffington Post, February 17 2021 “I don’t think we’ve really understood the suffering of our elders yet,” said a former longtime operator of elder care facilities. ILLUSTRATION:REBECCA ZISSER/HUFFPOST; PHOTOS:GETTY Uneven rules and loopholes mean dangerous health situations are falling through the cracks. When Tony Chicotel walks his dog around downtown Berkeley, he passes a nursing home and an assisted living facility.
By Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, February 18 2021 A year into the pandemic, California’s workplace safety watchdog still doesn’t know how many nursing home workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job and died, a Sacramento Bee review of state records shows. California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes.
By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News, February 18 2021 Some assisted living facilities, pharmacy chains and health care providers are luring new customers with Covid-19 shots. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and learned that one service it offered was Covid-19 vaccination.
Wednesday, February 17 2021 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today announced that they have reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession. The compromise builds on the initiatives in the Governor’s state budget proposal to provide cash relief to lower-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic.