By Jackie Fortiér, KPCC, August 11 2020 Primary health care nurse Jose Dominguez and physician Joan Maria Farré both in personal protective equipment (PPE) speak with Pilar Boxo who is in quarantine after being tested positive of COVID-19 during a monitoring visit to COVID19 patients at Yayo Toni on May 21, 2020 in Pallejà, Spain. DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES The coronavirus has thrown nursing homes into the spotlight. More than 40 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Los Angeles County are nursing home residents.
By Elly Yu, LAist, August 11 2020 Amilicar Jones holds the program for his mother’s funeral. Jones’ mother died after contracting COVID-19. (Chava Sanchez/LAist) Amilicar Jones was worried about his 81-year-old mother, Melvia. Before the pandemic, he would visit her in her nursing home every day. But beginning March 13, he and other family members across the country were shut out of these facilities due to safety concerns.