Coronavirus Outbreak: Employees speak out about working in East Bay nursing home infected by COVID-19

By Dan Noyes ABC 7, April 30 2020 ORINDA, Calif. (KGO) — We’re getting new accounts from workers inside an East Bay nursing home that suffered one of the earliest coronavirus outbreaks, and the battle continues there. They tell the I-Team, another patient has died after contracting COVID-19. The staff members don’t want to use their names or show their faces, because they want to keep doing that important work.

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California to rework coronavirus ethics guidelines deemed ‘terrifying’

By Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2020  A member of the central supply staff restocks tubings inside a stockroom at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif.Photo: Stephen Lam / Special to The Chronicle California’s public health officials will rework ethical guidelines for hospitals issued in April after groups representing thousands of seniors and people with disabilities across the country protested that younger, healthier people would get preferential access to lifesaving care in a worst-case coronavirus surge.

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Nursing Homes Lobby Newsom for Immunity to Lawsuits Over Virus

By Natalie Brunell, Spectrum 1 News,  April 30 2020 LOS ANGELES — It’s painful enough Zach Sarnoff wasn’t able to say goodbye to his grandfather, who passed away this April after contracting coronavirus. He wishes he could have seen him one more time. “He was a very generous person, a kind-hearted, honest person. He went the extra mile to help people where he could,” Sarnoff said. But he can’t help feeling that his grandfather’s death could have been prevented.

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Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Prevention Calls

AFL 20-50 From the California Department of Public Health April 30, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Prevention Calls ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is hosting weekly SNF Infection Prevention Calls, beginning May 7, 2020. The weekly calls will be held to discuss any recent updates on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Amid Hundreds of Coronavirus Deaths in California Nursing Homes, It’s Still Not Clear How State Is Monitoring

By Molly Peterson, KQED, Apr 30 Listen: California is now monitoring nearly 200 nursing homes where coronavirus has spread among thousands of care workers and patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.’I don’t feel very monitored.’Davlyn Jones, 85, recovering from a stroke at nursing home in Santa Clara County It’s still not clear what monitoring means or how exactly it’s helping slow the spread in long-term care facilities.

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As death toll rises, more details emerge about Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

By Ken Carlson and Kristin Lam, Merced Sun-Star, Updated April 30 2020 Ambulances wait outside the Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Friday, April 24, 2020. Several employees and patients tested positive For COVID-19, according to the care facility. BY BRIAN CLARK Another death was reported Wednesday at a Turlock nursing home, pushing the total coronavirus fatalities to 11 in Stanislaus County.

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Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing

California Department of Health April 30, 2020 TO: Public Health Departments, Health Care Providers, and COVID-19 Testing Laboratories SUBJECT: Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), both PCR and serology, is becoming more readily available at hospitals, academic, commercial, and public health laboratories across California.

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CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

April 30, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes  Commission will comprehensively examine best practices in responding to COVID-19 in nursing homes As a part of President Trump’s Opening Up America Again effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries At President Trump’s direction, and building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the healthcare system as America reopens.

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COVID-19 and a River of Grief

Two-Part podcast by Broken Healthcare You have probably heard the headlines: The coronavirus is hitting our nursing homes and long-term care facilities hard. By late April, more than 11,000 people have died from the disease in US nursing homes. But those people are more than numbers. They’re our loved ones and friends. On the first half of this two-part episode of Broken Healthcare, we follow along as Scott Akrie struggles to find out how his father is feeling, as he is in a facility that has the potential for grave danger with the pandemic running wild.

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