‘Slow-Motion Train Wreck’: Critics Say Long-Term Care Residents Falling Through Cracks in Vaccine Rollout

By Candice Nguyen, Michael Bott and and Jeremy Carroll, NBC Bay Area, January 13 2021 Frustration is mounting among families and industry watchdogs who say elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are slipping through the cracks during California’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and not receiving their shots as quickly as promised by state officials.

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Vaccination Rollout At San Diego Senior Care Facilities Lags Far Behind Plan

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, January 13 2021 CREDIT: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASESAbove: In this undated frame from video provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a scientist returns a novel coronavirus vaccine sample to a freezer in Bethesda, Md. As new COVID-19 cases again surge through senior care facilities in San Diego and throughout the state, getting vaccines into the arms of residents and caregivers has been spotty and slow, according to doctors and advocates.

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GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Reporting (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-31.2)

AFL 20-31.3 From the California Department of Public Health TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs) SUBJECT: GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Reporting (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-31.2) ​AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of Emergency (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL requires GACHs to report COVID-19 data daily to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

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Process for Fit-testing Resource Requests

AFL 21-05 From the California Department of Public Health TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Process for Fit-testing Resource Requests ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) of the process for requesting resources through Salesforce to assist in the fit-testing of respiratory protection for staff. Effective January 13, 2021, the State of California has introduced a new process for SNFs to request fit-testing assistance for staff respiratory protection.

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AB 2037 – Updated Notice Timelines for Hospital Closure, Reduction or Elimination of Emergency Medical Service, and Relocation or Elimination of Supplemental Services

AFL 21-04 From the California Department of Public Health TO: General Acute Care Hospitals Acute Psychiatric Hospitals SUBJECT: AB 2037 – Updated Notice Timelines for Hospital Closure, Reduction or Elimination of Emergency Medical Service, and Relocation or Elimination of Supplemental Services AUTHORITY:     Health and Safety Code sections 1255.1 and 1255.25 ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all general acute care hospitals and acute psychiatric hospitals (hospitals) of the requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 2037 (Chapter 95, Statutes of 2020), which increases existing timeframes for hospitals to provide advance notice of impending hospital closure, closure or reduction of emergency medical services, or relocation or elimination of supplemental services.AB 2037 also specifies required public notice methods.

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