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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Katherine J. Wu (PHOTO CREDIT: Julie Rendleman, NY Times) - Oct 7, 2020

Nevada has ordered its nursing facilities to immediately suspend the use of two rapid tests for the coronavirus, manufactured by companies Quidel and Becton, Dickinson and Company, after the tests’ performance was found to be lacking, according to a directiveissued on Friday by the state’s department of health. Both tests are portable, simple and speedy, producing results in as...

State Cites 45 Long-Term Care Facilities for Violations During Pandemic

Kassie McClung (PHOTO CREDIT: BEN FELDER/The Frontier) - Oct 1, 2020

Health inspectors have cited about one in seven Oklahoma nursing homes and assisted-living facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 for violations that could lead to viral spread, but have issued no monetary penalties.  State inspectors conducting surveys focused on infection control because of the pandemic have cited nursing homes and assisted-living facilities for bad practices...

COVID-19 Didn’t Kill Rita Thomas at 95, Isolation Did

Mary Ellen Klas (PHOTO CREDIT: Tampa Bay Times/Courtesy of Nan Thomas) - Oct 1, 2020

Rita Thomas was a victim of COVID-19, but she never had the disease. The vivacious and outgoing 95-year-old, who lived independently until last year and celebrated her most recent birthday in February with friends at a Pasco County diner, willed herself to die two weeks ago because she could no longer handle the pandemic-imposed isolation. "She said to me: ‘Linda. I’ve had a...

State Admits to ‘Data Entry Errors’ in Reporting COVID-19 Deaths

Avery Travis - Sep 30, 2020

More than 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but a data error by the state has raised new concerns that perhaps more deaths haven’t been counted. In July, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission began releasing daily public reports about which homes had cases and deaths. As of Monday, state data showed 4,465...

Buffalo Nursing Home Hit With Biggest State Fine From COVID-19 Violations

Robert Kirkham - Sep 23, 2020

Buffalo nursing home has been hit with a $50,000 fine, the biggest imposed by the state Health Department following a blitz of Covid-19 inspections earlier this year when the virus began its devastating march through long-term care facilities. Twenty-three nursing homes statewide, including five in Western New York, have been fined a total of $328,000 for infection control violations or...
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