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"COVID-19 has laid bare the inequities and pitfalls in the current patchwork of care options for seniors and their families," writes reporter Emily DeRuy.
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As the state battles a new coronavirus surge, public health officials and lawmakers are grappling with how to better prepare skilled nursing facilities for the next infectious disease crisis.
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On April 11, Dena Garcia was told that her mother was running a fever. Three days later, she was sent to the ER, where she was unresponsive.
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One facility was hit hard – 50-plus COVID cases and more than a dozen deaths. Another endured only 3 cases and just one patient died. Many factors likely figure in the difference.
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Many factors can contribute to how severely the virus strikes a home, including its location and size. But having enough staff is vital, especially during a pandemic, experts say. New research backs that up.
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The trend raises new concerns that regulators aren’t policing the industry enough during a crisis.
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How do you find COVID-related racial disparities at nursing homes? Start with these tips.
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Innovative programs spring up to help vulnerable adults stay connected.
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Except for end-of-life situations, visitors largely haven’t stepped foot in facilities in months, leading to calls for access and balance. Outdoor visits are allowed but many operators do not permit them.
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The virus has exposed what advocates for better treatment and families of loved ones in nursing facilities have known for years.

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