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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...

Texas Elder Care Visitation Rules Relaxed

Jill Ament and Terri Langford - Sep 21, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott relaxed state visitation to nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term facilities. The new visitation rules start on Thursday. Since March, many families have been unable to visit their loved ones who live in group care facilities, to keep the coronavirus from spreading. In August, the rules were relaxed to allow visitors to facilities that did not have anyone who...

Covid-Only Nursing Homes Cited for Infection Control Problems

John Pacenti and Holly Baltz (PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Hardy, The Palm Beach Post) - Sep 21, 2020

In the days before COVID-19 pounded Florida with the power of Thor’s hammer, Gov. Ron DeSantis repeatedly bashed New York for sending elderly coronavirus patients from hospitals back to nursing homes. DeSantis’ touted the state's own solution back in May to relieve hospitals: Seniors who still tested positive for the novel coronavirus but were well on the road to...
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