Employees Who Work At Multiple Nursing Homes May Have Helped Spread The Coronavirus : NPR

Cell phone data shows that contract workers who work at multiple nursing homes helped transmit the coronavirus between facilities.


Nursing homes have been devastated by the coronavirus. More than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19. A new study finds that people who work at multiple nursing homes may help spread the virus. But limiting health workers’ jobs could hurt the very people that nursing homes rely on. Jackie Fortier at member station KPCC in Los Angeles reports.

JACKIE FORTIER, BYLINE: Martha Tapia works at two different nursing homes in Orange County, Calif., and she worries about bringing the coronavirus home to her granddaughter.

MARTHA TAPIA: I start work at 7, and I finish at 11.

FORTIER: That’s 7 in the morning to 11 o’clock at night. Tapia is almost 60, and she works 64 hours a week.

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Alabama nursing homes must spend $50 million in coronavirus funding by the end of the year

The Alabama Nursing Home Association has begun distributing coronavirus funding announced in August to facilities still struggling with high rates of coronavirus and low levels of staffing, according to a study by the AARP.

John Matson, spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association, said the organization has received requests from 78 facilities for $20 million in funding. Those claims are either being processed or have been paid, he said.

In early August, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that $50 million in funding from the CARES Act would be earmarked for nursing homes. Matson said the association has until December 15 to pay the claims, or the money will return to the Alabama Department of Finance.

Nursing homes can receive reimbursement for labor and supply costs related to COVID-19. That includes things like personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, staff bonuses and pay for those dedicated to infection control and caring for residents

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Coronavirus continues to pummel Oregon senior care homes as state mulls allowing more visitors

The package Judy Cornell mailed to The Dalles contained gloves, two masks and a letter exhorting her 95-year-old mother to protect herself.

The coronavirus had started to spread in Flagstone Senior Living, and Cornell feared that her mother, who had dementia and lived in the memory care home, was in danger.

“Be careful,” Cornell wrote in the Sept. 29 letter. “Even if it means staying in your room for as long as it takes for you to stay safe.”

Rosalie Colbert never got to read it. She died Oct. 5 from COVID-19.

The outbreak that swept through Flagstone, infecting all 30 residents while killing Colbert and 11 others, shows just how susceptible care facilities remain to the coronavirus some eight months into the pandemic and even after scores of safeguards have been mandated by state regulators to protect residents.

A resurgence of cases in Oregon this fall, coupled with

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Coronavirus boosts demand for luxury real estate in Lower Hudson Valley

Despite fears that the coronavirus would drag down the luxury real estate market in the Lower Hudson Valley, analysts say demand for increased social distancing and home offices propelled the market forward in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in the third quarter.


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The two-month hiatus to the real estate industry when Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered non-essential businesses to close temporarily rushed luxury home buyers to the market above $1 million in Dutchess and Putnam counties and above $2 million in Westchester County in July, August and September.

Brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence reported buyers in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester sought discounts less frequently in the third quarter and that the number of luxury homes sold in Westchester rose by at least 52% over the third quarter of 2019.

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Sales of $1 Million Homes Double : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Sales of previously owned homes jumped more than 20% in September from a year earlier, but sales of homes costing more than $1 million more than doubled.

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Sales of previously owned homes jumped more than 20% in September from a year earlier, but sales of homes costing more than $1 million more than doubled.

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The pandemic is driving a major boom in the housing market that’s breaking all kinds of records and exposing a very uneven economic recovery between the haves and the have-nots. The most dramatic increases are happening at the top end of the market — sales of homes costing $1 million and up have more than doubled since last year.

Millions of people are working from home while juggling their kids’ remote schooling. And many who can afford to are buying bigger houses.


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Coronavirus pandemic shifts London property hotspots on tube lines

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The majority of zones have swapped demand rankings compared to the previous year. Photo: Getty

Properties further out on London commuter lines are seeing the biggest jump in the number of buyers looking for a new home, a complete reversal compared with this time last year, new analysis by property website Rightmove has found.

The majority of zones have swapped demand rankings compared with the previous year, and the rise in the number of buyers now increases as zones move further out from the centre of the capital.

Estate agents have said buyers are looking to move to areas with more living and green space in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting lockdowns and increased remote working opportunities.

The number of buyers in zone 6 has gone up by 108% this year, after having 9% more buyers in September 2019 compared with the previous year.

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3,214 coronavirus patient deaths to date in Ohio nursing homes, other long-term care facilities

CLEVELAND, Ohio – At least 3,214 patients of Ohio nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died with coronavirus this year, with 45 new deaths reported in the weekly update Wednesday night by the Ohio Department of Health.

This means that 62.4% of the 5,149 coronavirus deaths reported by the state by the state have involved such patients.

But the share has been shrinking over recent months. At the end of May, the patients at the facilities accounted for 70.5% of Ohio’s deaths. Since the beginning of September, the share has been 52.8%

The state releases updates for deaths by county, and cases by facility each Wednesday. Scroll to the bottom of this story to see a chart showing the reported case details by facility.

The state began tracking nursing home cases by facility on April 15. There have been 15,091 patient cases and 9,251 staff cases since then.

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Amid Wisconsin coronavirus outbreak, researchers explore link between college cases, nursing home deaths

For most of 2020, La Crosse’s nursing homes had lost no one to covid-19. In recent weeks, the county has recorded 19 deaths, most of them in long-term care facilities. Everyone who died was over 60. Fifteen of the victims were 80 or older. The spike offers a vivid illustration of the perils of pushing a herd-immunity strategy, as infections among younger people can fuel broader community outbreaks that ultimately kill some of the most vulnerable residents.

“It was the very thing we worried about, and it has happened,” Kabat said.

Local efforts to contain the outbreak have been hamstrung by a statewide campaign to block public health measures, including mask requirements and limits on taverns, he added. “Your first responsibility as a local government is really to protect the health and safety and welfare of your residents,” he said. “When you feel like that’s not happening and you have

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Amid coronavirus outbreak and social unrest, weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush

Their living room didn’t just seem bigger than the photos on Zillow that had led them to make a $559,000 offer after 24 hours in Montana, a place they had never been. The 2,300-square-foot house was twice the size of the two-bedroom condo they sold in Brentwood, Calif., before packing their cars and driving 16 hours northeast, released from the confines of the coronavirus pandemic and the jobs Robert had grown to hate and Valentina had lost.

This was the 19th walk-through their broker, Charlotte Durham, had done for out-of-state clients since Montana’s virus shutdown ended in late April and its real estate market flipped into hyperdrive. Buyers fleeing New York, Los Angeles and other densely populated U.S. cities say they want to leave the coronavirus clusters and social justice unrest behind.

Even as the state’s fierce winter looms, the transplants are pushing house prices to record levels. Some are

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About 38% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes

At least 84,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States, according to a New York Times database. As of October 20, the virus has infected more than 540,000 people at some 21,000 facilities.

Nursing home populations are at a high risk of being infected by — and dying from — the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is known to be particularly lethal to adults in their 60s and older who have underlying health conditions. And it can spread more easily through congregate facilities, where many people live in a confined environment and workers move from room to room.

While 7 percent of the country’s cases have occurred in long-term care facilities, deaths related to Covid-19 in these facilities account for about

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