‘It’s all over the board.’ California still far from testing everyone in elder care homes

By Anita Chabria and Maya Lau, Los Angles Times, May 31 2020 Sacramento County health director Peter Beilenson, 60, visits his mother, Dolores Beilenson, 86, at Sunrise of Sacramento, an assisted living center where she has resided for the last year. Dolores tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of March and tested negative three weeks later. 

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Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.

By Bryant Furlow, New Mexico In Depth, Carli Brosseau, The News & Observer and Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, May 29 2020 The long-term care industry resisted a federal mandate to plan for disasters including pandemics. About 43% of nursing homes have been caught violating the requirement, including facilities that have now had deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. Medical personnel evacuate patients at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, California, on April 8 after 39 cases of the coronavirus were found at the facility and staff stopped going to work. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.

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California requires universal testing at nursing homes, overruling L.A. County

Bu Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, May 28 2020 The state health department requires testing of all nursing home residents and healthcare workers.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times) California’s health department has issued new instructions to all skilled nursing facilities to test everybody in their facilities in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, a move that overrules a more lax testing policy allowed by Los Angeles County.

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California calls for virus testing at all nursing homes

Big Rapids News Pioneer, May 28 2020 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling for all residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities to be tested for the new coronavirus to try to slow the spread of the illness. The state’s Department of Public Health issued a letter saying facilities should draft testing plans for all residents in settings without cases and all residents who have been exposed to the virus, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

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Nursing homes open to visitors in Europe. Here’s why California won’t do the same

By Ryan Sabalow and Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, May 26 2020 Marilee Flannery has only seen her husband, Steve, twice in the past two months. Both times were fleeting conversations over video on her phone. He’s at a locked-down Citrus Heights memory care facility for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The facility has banned visitors in hopes of keeping out the new coronavirus, which has disproportionately killed tens of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

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California seniors are worried about these cuts in Gavin Newsom’s new budget. Here’s why.

By Elaine Chen, The Sacramento Bee, May 26, 2020 Despite the difficulties of riding a bus due to her knee and back problems, Valentina Zakatova took one every weekday to Altamedix, an adult day center in Sacramento, before the coronavirus pandemic. She and her family now are worried that state funding could be pulled from the center’s programming under Gov.

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Coronavirus: Nursing home deaths spike in O.C., prompting calls for more action

By Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register, May 24 2020 While Orange County Public Health Officer Nichole Quick said the county is doing everything possible to contain the burgeoning number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes, advocates for the elderly are calling for more ardent efforts and ask that the county emulate steps taken in other places with large, vulnerable populations.

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As coronavirus deaths mount, L.A. County is far behind on promise to test everyone in nursing homes

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, May 22 2020 A month after vowing to test all nursing home residents and staff for the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles County health officials have completed the effort in only about a third of homes and have dramatically scaled back testing plans. The abrupt change — which calls for testing only a small sample of residents in nursing homes that have not had an outbreak — is outlined in a letter county health officials sent to nursing homes last week, as the death toll continued to mount at facilities across the county.

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Nearly half of San Diego COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care facilities

By Lemor Abrams, CBS 8 San Diego, May 21 2020 “We have all these so called elected leaders. Where the hell are they?” said Patricia McGinnis, founder of California’s Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — New numbers show about a half of San Diego County’s coronavirus deaths are linked to congregate living facilities, like nursing homes.

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Coronavirus testing slow to come to nursing homes, despite 35% of COVID-19 deaths

Catherine Ho and Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2020  Berkeley Councilwoman Kate Harrison (right) and husband Jim Hendry visit Harrison’s mother, 96, at a Pinole nursing home. Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle As nursing home deaths continue to drive many of the fatalities in California — 35% of COVID-19 deaths have occurred at senior living facilities — state health officials are moving too slowly to require them to test all residents and workers, advocates and families say.

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