Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths

Tampa Bay Times: Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths. “More nursing home residents and staff died of COVID-19 in Florida during a four-week period ending Aug. 22 than in any other state in the country, according to an AARP analysis released today. Florida accounted for 21 percent of all nursing home resident deaths due to the virus nationwide. The data shows the state with 17 percent of staff deaths nationally during this time.”

19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?

19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?. “Nursing homes were closing before the pandemic: more than 550 from June 2015 to June 2019, more shuttering each year than the previous one, affected by staffing shortages, high costs and a decline in occupancy. But the coronavirus pandemic has hit nursing homes particularly hard, killing more than 186,000 residents and staff and pushing the industry into what experts have warned is its ‘worst financial crisis in history.’ Now, only one in four of the country’s 15,600 nursing homes is confident it can survive the coming months, according to a recent survey. ”

PR Newswire: New online library connects organizations to 300 resources that can help older adults and their caregivers during emergencies like COVID-19 (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New online library connects organizations to 300 resources that can help older adults and their caregivers during emergencies like COVID-19 (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online resource library, released today, connects organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers with existing programs and services in the U.S. that can help these populations during public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks like COVID-19, natural disasters, and severe weather.”

The World: ‘How to Report a Hate Crime’ booklets empower Asian Americans amid rise in discrimination

The World: ‘How to Report a Hate Crime’ booklets empower Asian Americans amid rise in discrimination. “From the kitchen counter of her parent’s house, where she was quarantining last spring, [Esther] Lim created free booklets aptly called ‘How to Report a Hate Crime.’ In about 15 pages, readers learn what to do and who to call if they are a victim. The booklets have now been translated into nine languages, including Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean. Lim says she has plans for expansion to reach other vulnerable communities, but over the past year, the booklets have mostly been distributed to elderly Asians across the US.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches new platform for knowledge exchange on dementia

World Health Organization: WHO launches new platform for knowledge exchange on dementia. “The new tool, the Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform, contains key resources to support the implementation of the Global action plan on the public heath response to dementia 2017-2025 and its seven action areas. It provides a space for stakeholders to share resources, such as policies, guidelines, case studies and examples of good practice, to facilitate mutual learning and promote the exchange of knowledge in the area of dementia.”

The Guardian: Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs

The Guardian: Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs. “Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the ‘immoral’ practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudsters use online advertisements, mostly on Google, to trick people out of their pension funds, according to a report published by the work and pensions select committee, but regulators are ‘powerless’ to hold the internet firms to account.”

New York Times: F.B.I. Investigating Whether Cuomo Aides Gave False Data on Nursing Homes

New York Times: F.B.I. Investigating Whether Cuomo Aides Gave False Data on Nursing Homes. “A federal investigation into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic has focused in recent weeks on whether the governor and his senior aides provided false data on resident deaths to the Justice Department, according to four people with knowledge of the investigation.”

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’. “…much of the racial disparity in vaccination rates, experts say, can be tied to a longstanding mistrust of medical institutions among African-Americans. Many Baton Rouge residents can readily cite the history of abuse: starting with the eugenics campaigns that forcibly sterilized Black women for nearly half of the 20th century, and the notorious government-run Tuskegee experiments in Alabama that withheld penicillin from hundreds of Black men with syphilis, some of whom later died of the disease.”

WATCH: Woman given prescription to ‘hug granddaughter’ after receiving COVID vaccine (WWL)

WWL: WATCH: Woman given prescription to ‘hug granddaughter’ after receiving COVID vaccine. “After getting her COVID-19 vaccine, one woman’s doctor wrote her a prescription for the best medicine in these bleak times: a hug. Jessica Shaw took to Twitter to post a photo of her mother’s prescription slip, which was given to her after getting her second vaccine, telling her to go hug her family.”

New York Times: The Plan to Protect Indigenous Elders Living Under the Northern Lights

New York Times: The Plan to Protect Indigenous Elders Living Under the Northern Lights. “In Canada, the first known Covid-19 case arrived on a January 2020 flight from Wuhan, China to Toronto. It was a wake-up call for the country, but especially for Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola. Several passengers from that Wuhan flight were bound for Yellowknife — tourists eager to marvel at the Northern Lights.”

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. “Maine DHHS is partnering with ModivCare, one of the organizations that coordinates rides for MaineCare members, to provide rides for any Maine resident who is unable to drive, lacks reliable transportation or is otherwise unable to travel to their appointment.”