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Coronavirus Outbreak at 2 Flagler LTCFs; State Stops Testing

Nikki Ross - Sep 18, 2020

Two Flagler County long-term care facilities are now in the midst of coronavirus outbreaks, just as the state announced it is eliminating its support of every-other-week testing of workers in such facilities. The first outbreak includes 22 coronavirus positive residents and 13 positive staff members at Grand Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 120-bed nursing located at...

Family Members Shocked Nursing Homes Taking COVID-Positive Patients

Tanya Eiserer and Mark Smith - Sep 17, 2020

Lori VanNess and her grandmother Doris Wiseley share a special bond. VanNess’ mother died when she was 6, and Wiseley raised her since the age of 9. Since March, they’ve been kept apart with the 98-year-old Wiseley confined to her room at Carrara, a Plano nursing home and rehabilitation center. “This is the longest I've been apart from my grandmother since I was...

Texas Will Allow Visitations at Nursing Homes with COVID Cases

Shawn Mulcahy (PHOTO CREDIT: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune) - Sep 17, 2020

Texas long-term care facilities — even those with active COVID-19 cases — can allow visitors beginning Sept. 24, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday. Eligible facilities include nursing homes and intermediate care centers that serve residents without COVID-19, but that also have an isolation wing reserved for those who test positive for the virus. Visitation will also be allowed...

Florida Announces It Will Lift Ban on Nursing Home Visits

Kelli Kennedy and Bobby Caina Calvan (PHOTO CREDIT: Wilfredo Lee/AP) - Sep 1, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes that has cut off vulnerable seniors from family since mid-March over fears of spreading the new coronavirus. With his voice cracking at times, he wondered aloud if his actions might have contributed to suffering in his state as he made his announcement during a round table in...

Five Takeaways On Nursing Home Visitations

Christine Sexton - Aug 30, 2020

A ban on visitation at Florida’s 4,000 long-term care facilities expires in early September, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to reopen doors to residents’ family members and friends who have been unable to visit because of the coronavirus pandemic.  DeSantis will consider recommendations finalized Wednesday by the Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long Term...
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