Vox: Nursing home deaths in Texas rose 64 percent in the past 2 weeks

Vox: Nursing home deaths in Texas rose 64 percent in the past 2 weeks. “When coronavirus cases began to spike again, experts outlined the worst-case scenario: that those spikes, initially concentrated among younger people who were more cavalier once businesses reopened, would eventually migrate to older people — particularly long-term care facilities, where so many seniors have already died from Covid-19. And now, according to a new data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, it seems those fears are being realized. The question is how bad it will get.”

San Francisco Chronicle: How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster

San Francisco Chronicle: How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster. “Nursing home advocates say that with the right response and safety protocols, nursing homes can protect residents and workers from the coronavirus — Laguna Honda proves that. With help from the state and federal governments, San Francisco city leaders were able to create a response around the virus that prevented tragedy: creating COVID wards to keep people separate, training in proper infection controls for workers and enlisting a contact-tracing team to track how far the virus may have spread from person to person. Laguna Honda achieved what it did despite the fact that for several months, it couldn’t meet federal testing recommendations due to nationwide shortages.”

New York Times: FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus

New York Times: FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus. “Nursing home employees across the country have been dismayed by what they’ve found when they’ve opened boxes of protective medical gear sent by the federal government, part of a $134 million effort to provide facilities a 14-day supply of equipment considered critical for shielding their vulnerable residents from the coronavirus. The shipments have included loose gloves of unknown provenance stuffed into unmarked Ziploc bags, surgical masks crafted from underwear fabric and plastic isolation gowns without openings for hands that require users to punch their fists through the closed sleeves. Adhesive tape must be used to secure them.”

Los Angeles Times: After Times investigation, Newsom says nursing home inspectors will be tested for coronavirus

Los Angeles Times: After Times investigation, Newsom says nursing home inspectors will be tested for coronavirus. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the state will start an aggressive COVID-19 testing regime for its health employees who inspect nursing homes. The announcement came hours after publication of an L.A. Times investigation that found since the beginning of the pandemic, the state health department had been sending inspectors from nursing home to nursing home without testing them for the deadly virus, which means they could be spreading it.”

WTHR: State releases detailed Indiana nursing home COVID-19 data for the first time

WTHR: State releases detailed Indiana nursing home COVID-19 data for the first time. “For months, as nursing homes across Indiana struggled to control the spread of COVID-19, the real toll of the pandemic was kept secret. State leaders refused to release data showing the number of cases and deaths inside each facility. Following pressure from AARP, state lawmakers, 13News and other media outlets, the Indiana State Department of Health has now released the information.”

NBC News: Federal stockpile is thin amid coronavirus surge, internal documents show

NBC News: Federal stockpile is thin amid coronavirus surge, internal documents show. “For example, the Strategic National Stockpile and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have fewer than 900,000 gloves in reserve after shipping 82.7 million of them — or just 30 percent of the amount requested by state, local and tribal governments — since the COVID-19 crisis began, according to figures compiled Sunday by Health and Human Services Department officials for senior leaders of the interagency coronavirus task force effort. In particular, nursing homes and long-term care facilities say there is a major personal protective equipment shortage.”

Vox: Trump reduced fines for nursing homes that put residents at risk. Then Covid-19 happened.

Vox: Trump reduced fines for nursing homes that put residents at risk. Then Covid-19 happened.. “Estimates vary, but analysts Gregg Girvan and Avik Roy found that as of June 29, 50,779 of the 113,135 US deaths from Covid-19 (or 45 percent) were deaths of residents of nursing or long-term care facilities. Their numbers suggest that about 2.5 percent of all nursing home residents have been killed by the disease; in New Jersey, which is particularly hard hit, the share is over 11 percent.”

Today: Wife takes job as dishwasher to see husband in nursing home during COVID-19 pandemic

Today: Wife takes job as dishwasher to see husband in nursing home during COVID-19 pandemic. “[Mary] Daniel explained that she tried visiting her husband through a window, but said he just cried and could not understand what was going on. Later on, she came up with a creative idea and reached out to Rosecastle staff and asked if she could volunteer or get a job at the care center just for the opportunity to see her husband of 24 years in person again. ‘They said, “Let’s wait to see what happens,”‘ Daniel recalled. ‘Then, out of the blue two weeks ago, they called and said, “Do you want a job?” When I found out it was as a dishwasher, I thought, “Well, okay! I guess I’m a dishwasher now.”‘”

Tribune-Star: Feds fail to keep track of nursing home deaths

Tribune-Star: Feds fail to keep track of nursing home deaths. “Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors. Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began releasing data on the pandemic in early June, skilled nursing facility representatives across the country have complained the agency’s report shows incorrect case tallies and misreported deaths.”

The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing. “For more than two weeks in April, a drug regimen that included hydroxychloroquine was routinely dispensed at the struggling center, often for patients who had not been tested for covid-19 and for those who suffered from medical conditions known to raise the risk of dangerous side effects, interviews, emails and medical notes and records obtained by The Washington Post show. Though precise estimates vary, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said about 30 residents received the drug. Several nursing home staff members placed the number higher. The Chester County coroner, who reviewed the medical records for some of those who died, said at least 11 residents who had received the hydroxychloroquine treatment had not been tested for covid-19.”

Washington Post: Overwhelmed nursing homes kept taking new patients. Some got sick and died.

Washington Post: Overwhelmed nursing homes kept taking new patients. Some got sick and died.. “Governments in New York and other states have been lambasted for forcing nursing homes to accept covid-19 patients to free up hospital beds, but less attention has been paid to the implications of nursing homes choosing to accept non-covid-19 patients into their ranks. For these facilities, closing the door to new residents means shutting off a precious source of revenue and turning away people in desperate need of care. But continuing admissions risks exposing new and existing residents to the coronavirus, especially if the facility is unable to properly isolate patients or lacks staff and protective gear.”

New York Times: 43% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes

New York Times: 43% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes. “At least 54,000 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States, according to a New York Times database. As of June 26, the virus has infected more than 282,000 people at some 12,000 facilities.”

Buffalo News: NYS lawmakers still want hearings on Covid-19 nursing home deaths

Buffalo News: NYS lawmakers still want hearings on Covid-19 nursing home deaths. ” New York lawmakers have held hearings on the disproportionate health effects by the Covid-19 pandemic on minority communities. They have held hearings on the pandemic’s impact on small businesses across the state. Still not called yet, however, is a public airing of why so many people – more than 6,000 – died from Covid-19 or Covid-suspected illnesses in state-regulated nursing homes.”

‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents. “More than any other institution in America, nursing homes have come to symbolize the deadly destruction of the coronavirus crisis. More than 51,000 residents and employees of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died, representing more than 40 percent of the total death toll in the United States. But even as they have been ravaged, nursing homes have also been enlisted in the response to the outbreak. They are taking on coronavirus-stricken patients to ease the burden on overwhelmed hospitals — and, at times, to bolster their bottom lines.”