Family sues Visalia nursing home after 87-year-old man dies from COVID-19

By Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, July 30 2020 Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia has had six patients die due to coronavirus. GOOGLE EARTH The family of Santiago Gonzalez, an 87-year-old former resident of Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, is suing the nursing home for wrongful death after he contracted COVID-19 and died. The family alleges in the lawsuit, filed by their attorney Warren Paboojian, that the healthcare center failed to protect its staff, employees and residents — even as COVID-19 was gaining a foothold in Tulare County.

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No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes

By Jared Whitlock, Voice of San Diego, July 28 2020 Natasha Josefowitz looks beyond her balcony at the White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz When Jan Thompson drops off care packages to her 95-year-old mom, about 8 feet separate them. It’s the closest they’ve been in a while. Her mom lives at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove.

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How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 27 2020Photos by Gabrielle Lurie State, feds stepped in with training, protocols and action plan for largest nursing home in California In the early days of the pandemic, the prospect of a deadly coronavirus surge at Laguna Honda nursing home in San Francisco seemed terrifying — and inevitable. The public health department that ran Laguna Honda, the largest nursing home in the state, wasn’t equipped to handle a surge of cases at the facility.

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Nursing Home Inspectors Are Not Routinely Tested For Coronavirus. Newsom Says They Will Be Now

By the LAist, July 24 2020 Coronavirus test tubes. Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles. Despite requiring routine COVID-19 testing for nursing home residents and workers, state nursing home inspectors are not being tested. A report by the Los Angeles Times calls into question whether these inspectors could be inadvertently spreading the virus as they travel between skilled nursing facilities to verify the safety and hygiene of those same facilities.

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As coronavirus ravaged nursing homes, inspectors were not being tested

By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, July 24 2020 California health officials have required COVID-19 testing of residents and employees at nursing homes, such as this one in Reseda, but have not provided comprehensive testing to their own inspectors who regularly visit the facilities.(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, California health officials have required nursing homes to bar entry to outsiders who might bring the coronavirus in with them and trigger a deadly outbreak among the elderly, vulnerable residents.

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Through the looking-glass: Family members fight restricted access to loved ones in long-term care

By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Jocelyn Wiener, Cal Matters, July 23 2020 Caroline Harrison, left, Jackson Harrison Shirk, 11, right, and his mother, Virginia Harrison, far right, visit with Jackson’s grandmother, Debbie, center, at The Chaparral House, the Berkeley skilled nursing facility where Debbie has lived for the past three years. Debbie, who family members refer to as mama bear, suffers from dementia and is largely unresponsive during her family’s near-daily socially distant visits.

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Parents of autistic son beg Florida Gov. DeSantis to lift coronavirus mandate barring visitors in group homes

By Yael Halon, Fox News, July 22 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Americans are embracing a new “normal” and trying to adapt to everyday life in a time of fear and uncertainty. But for children with an autism spectrum disorder — which affects about one in 54 children in the U.S., according to federal estimates — adjusting to change presents a far greater challenge, as has been the case for 26-year-old Billy Caulley.

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San Diego County conceals names of assisted living homes with COVID-19 deaths

By Jill Castelano, inewsource, July 22 2020 Empty chairs are shown in the living area of Aury’s Home Care in Chula Vista on July 19, 2020. Three residents at the assisted living facility have died from COVID-19. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource) Behind the doors of a spacious house in Chula Vista, Aury McDaniel was caring for six residents when the coronavirus pandemic struck this year.

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From Outdoor Visits to Designated Family Caregivers, Nursing Homes Cautiously Reopen Doors

By Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News, July 21 2020 When it became apparent that COVID-19 was sweeping the country, one of the earliest major preventative steps was a move by the federal government to instate a near-total lockdown on any unnecessary visits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the sweeping ban on March 13, which did include an exception for end-of-life visitations.

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California backtracks after removing COVID-19 death counts for assisted living homes

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, July 21 2020 Last week, the state agency that regulates assisted living facilities quietly posted a memo announcing it was going to delete from its website the names of facilities where people had died from COVID-19. The California Department of Social Services provided no explanation. When patient care advocates found the memo Monday, they were baffled and alarmed.

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