Nursing homes prepare for third COVID-19 surge

 Nursing homes, long in the spotlight as a key battleground in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19, are making key structural changes to prepare for an expected third surge of the disease. 

Facilities have implemented increased testing, promoted mask use and changed clinical practices in an effort to protect older Americans who are at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.

While many changes are temporary to mitigate the virus until a vaccine is available, others are more permanent.

I think that what wont end will be a renewed and strengthened emphasis on infection control,” said Mark Parkinson, CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The AHCA/NCAL, which represents more than 14,000 skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities and other homes, is preparing for “the next pandemic,” Parkinson said, as many weren’t prepared for the current one.

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El Paso, Texas, funeral homes prepare refrigerated units to house bodies as Covid-19 cases soar

Part of that effort, two funeral homes told CNN, is to prepare additional refrigerated units to house bodies if their usual space isn’t enough.

On Thursday, El Paso County officials reported 1,161 new Covid-19 cases — a record high for the area, according to a daily coronavirus case report from the county. As of Friday, the total case count sits at 37,263.
This week saw Covid-19 cases soar across the US, with Thursday the first day with more than 70,000 new cases recorded since July 24, Johns Hopkins University data show. More than 41,000 people were also hospitalized across the US — the highest level of nationwide hospitalizations since August 20, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The virus has claimed more than 223,000 lives in the United States. That tally includes over 570 people in El Paso, a county of about 840,000 residents. Another 157 deaths there are under
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Denver Home Inspection Helps Owners Prepare for Listing Homes in COVID Market

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the high demand for homes and limited inventory in Denver, Janci McClafferty, Realtor with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty will advise her sellers to hire home inspectors prior to listing their homes for sale if they are looking to close quickly. It’s a strategy that can make all the difference for a quick turnaround.

“Sellers often question whether it’s a good idea to have their home pre-inspected prior to listing.  My advice here is if they are in need of a much quicker closing than the normal 30-45 days, this is a good option,” said McClafferty. “Having your home pre-inspected and getting ahead of any major issues can cut your closing time in half!” 

To Daniel Tsirlin, owner of Denver Home Inspection, this makes perfect sense. “I enjoy working with sellers to ensure their property is in the best possible

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Buying a home? Prepare for a bidding war zone for OKC housing

• A house in Edmond was listed for $550,000. The buyer offered $550,000. The house sold for $565,277 in one day after five offers.

“Obviously, it’s still a sellers’ market. Obviously, it’s still an aggressive sellers’ market, at that. And interest rates are still amazing,” said Tiffany Elcyzyn, an agent with Prime Realty Inc., 1530 SW 89, Suite A1. “What I’m seeing is people capitalizing in the equity in their house, cashing out on that equity.

“If they bought their house four or five years ago, they might be locked in at a 5 or 5 1/2% interest rate. They’re upgrading that — let’s just say a $200,000 house to a $450,000 house — and they are literally making a lateral move in their mortgage payments.”

The coronavirus and its effects on the economy could be keeping some would-be sellers sidelined and their houses off the market, though, said agent

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