Nursing Homes, Once Hotspots, Far Outpace U.S. in Covid Declines

By Matthew Conlen, Sarah Mervosh and Danielle Ivory, New York Times, February 25 2021 Throughout the pandemic, there has been perhaps nowhere more dangerous than a nursing home. The coronavirus has raced through some 31,000 long-term care facilities in the United States, killing more than 163,000 residents and employees and accounting for more than a third of all virus deaths since the late spring.

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Vaccination rates rise in nursing homes, but when will families be able to visit?

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.

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Some retirement communities lure new residents with promise of Covid-19 vaccines

By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News, February 18 2021 Some assisted living facilities, pharmacy chains and health care providers are luring new customers with Covid-19 shots. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and learned that one service it offered was Covid-19 vaccination.

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COVID vaccine: Nursing home location plays part in who is getting vaccinated

By Terisa Estacio, KRON 4 News, February 1 2021 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Advocates for long-term care residents and assisted nursing homes say after a very difficult rollout for the vaccine, progress is happening — That is the good news.   However, there is some bad news still plaguing the most vulnerable in this pandemic.    Getting vaccines into the arms of those living in skilled nursing facilities or long-term care centers has been of critical importance with the harsh reality – the pandemic has claimed more deaths among that population.  

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Vaccination plans for long-term-care facilities mired in confusion

By Erin Durkin, National Journal, January 21 2021 Nursing-home residents in line for the coronavirus vaccine at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New York on Jan. 15. State and local health officials have been trying to get staff and residents of long-term-care facilities vaccinated rapidly to avoid more deadly outbreaks within nursing homes and other care settings.

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More than 80% CA Long-Term Care Facilities Unscheduled for COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Candice Nguyen, Michael Bott and Jeremy Carroll, NBC Bay Area, January 17 2021 A total of 83% of California long-term care facilities that plan to vaccinate residents through the federal pharmacy partnership program have yet to receive a clinic date, according to Jan. 10 California Department of Public Health data obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit.

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They’re the most likely to die from COVID-19, but hardly any have been vaccinated

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, January 15 2021 Public health officials have failed to quickly deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the vast majority of sick and elderly residents of California’s longterm care facilities, even though they are among the most vulnerable during the pandemic.(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times) As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority.

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86% of San Diego Assisted Living Homes Still Don’t Have Dates Set for Vaccine Distribution

By Alexis Rivas and Tom Jones, NBC 7 San Diego, January 14 2021  As of Jan. 10, 83% of the long-term care homes in California aren’t just waiting for a vaccine, they don’t even have a date on the calendar to get the first dose. In San Diego, that number is higher Just over 24 hours ago California announced anyone over age 65 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine, jumping ahead to a group that was supposed to fall under Phase 1B of the vaccination planBut NBC 7 Investigates uncovered the overwhelming majority of people in long-term care and assisted living homes, who would fall into the Phase 1A group, are still waiting to get their shots.CVS Pharmacy, who along with Walgreens is heading efforts to deliver vaccines to the vulnerable group, told NBC 7 Investigates the company started setting dates to vaccinate nursing home residents in California on Dec.

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‘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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