77 more coronavirus cases reported in Johnson County

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Iowa reported an additional 2,964 cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional COVID-19-related deaths since the state’s tally at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Coronavirus.Iowa.gov.

Officials report a total of 2,449 people with COVID-19 have died from the disease across the state, including 37 in Johnson County. A death reported Monday was the second in a week and the sixth this month; the first was reported April 4.

By contrast, officials reported 103 influenza-related deaths across the entire state of Iowa in the 2019-20 flu season. The novel coronavirus will likely be the third-leading cause of death in Iowa in 2020, behind just heart disease and cancer, according to 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

A total of 1,222,572 Iowans have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus, which causes the disease, including 59,064 in Johnson County. A total of 233,866 have tested positive in

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Covid cases and deaths in nursing homes are getting worse

Sr. Jeanne Arsenault returns to her room after breakfast at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence, a home for Catholic nuns in Marlborough, MA on August 26, 2020. Arsenault fell ill to COVID-19 during the outbreak.

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The coronavirus death toll at U.S. nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was brutal and unrelenting.

The Life Care Center nursing home outside Seattle made international headlines in March after the coronavirus infected residents and staff, resulting in at least 123 cases and dozens of deaths. In New Jersey, public officials discovered 17 bodies piled into a makeshift morgue in a nursing home in April when Covid-19 fatalities overwhelmed the facility.

Nursing homes, which house the most vulnerable of society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. While the outbreak subsided somewhat this

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Michigan nursing homes seeing increase in COVID-19 cases, deaths


The state’s nursing homes are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths among residents and staff, and several groups are sounding the alarm to protect these vulnerable residents and those who care for them as the virus surges in Michigan and across the country.

On Thursday, AARP Michigan said new coronavirus cases and deaths in nursing homes are reflective of recent upward trends in Michigan’s general population and that there are shortages in staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“COVID-19 is still spreading in the community. Continuing shortages of PPE and staff mean many facilities aren’t prepared for another wave,” AARP State Director Paula Cunningham said.

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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living also released a report this

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Five WNY nursing homes among top 25 in New York for most Covid-19 cases | Local News

New York State had an average of 169 confirmed Covid-19 cases per 1,000 nursing home residents – the eighth lowest rate in the nation.

A News examination of the data also found:

• Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in East Aurora had the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Western New York and the 12th highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the state, with 62. Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New York City had the most Covid-19 deaths in the state through Nov. 15, with 95. Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster was at No. 22, with 51 residents who died of Covid-19.

• More than 120 facilities in the state reported that they had no confirmed Covid-19 cases since May, including 14 nursing homes in Western New York. Some of them indicated they had suspected cases, however. 

• Terrace View Long Term Care Facility in

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Coronavirus cases and deaths soared in nursing homes across California. Here’s why

The number of residents in California nursing homes who became ill or died from the coronavirus more than doubled between May and August — the result of several risk factors that have made nursing homes particularly vulnerable to outbreaks, a report by the California Health Care Foundation revealed.

The foundation partnered with researchers from Cal Hospital Compare, IBM Watson Health and UCSF to study data from more than 800 nursing homes in May and August to better understand COVID-19 outbreaks in these facilities.

The report, released Tuesday, found that the size of the facilities and resident demographics played significant roles in infection and death rates, among other factors.

“The really surprising finding here was how these factors are changing and the risk in nursing homes is changing,” said Krisof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at the California Health Care Foundation. “We knew the pandemic was changing and I

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With coronavirus cases climbing in nursing homes, Connecticut public health officials looking at opening more COVID-19 recovery centers

Connecticut health officials are planning to reopen a second COVID-19 recovery facility in Torrington and are looking at opening others as they battle a second surge of the coronavirus in the state’s nursing homes. The facilities are designed to help handle an influx of nursing homes residents leaving hospitals — and also to prevent outbreaks in nursing homes.

a sign on the side of a road: MERIDEN - 04-07-2020 / The Westfield Care & Rehab Center in Meriden, that was recently closed, is reopening as a COVID-only nursing home.

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MERIDEN – 04-07-2020 / The Westfield Care & Rehab Center in Meriden, that was recently closed, is reopening as a COVID-only nursing home.

Officials at the state Department of Public Health held a press conference Tuesday to discuss how they are combating the spread of the virus in long-term care facilities, where more than 70 percent of the state’s COVID deaths have occurred. Last week a COVID recovery facility was reopened in Meriden and it already has 40 residents as of Tuesday – more than

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Louisiana nursing homes, families say they are more prepared as coronavirus cases rise again | Coronavirus

Last spring, the novel coronavirus had Michelle Bourque worried. Not just because she feared catching it, although that was a big concern, but more because her 81-year-old mother was in Chateau de Notre Dame, a New Orleans-nursing home with one of the earliest confirmed clusters of the virus.

Locked out after the federal government recommended that nursing homes ban visitors, Bourque worried about her mom’s health and wondered why authorities weren’t doing more to test residents and staff and ensure stringent infection control procedures.

After all, the virus was taking a deadly toll on senior populations, thought to be among the most vulnerable, and health officials warned it would only get worse.

Bourque implored officials to give specifics on how they would fight the pandemic in long term

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Nearly 75 Percent of Americans Say They Plan to Stay Home This Thanksgiving Amid Surge of COVID Cases: Poll

Nearly three in four Americans say they plan to stay home this Thanksgiving amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, according to a new poll.

a person sitting in a room: Medical staff members sort lines and pipes connected to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,140,000 cases, including over 20,600 deaths.

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Medical staff members sort lines and pipes connected to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,140,000 cases, including over 20,600 deaths.

The poll, which was conducted by Monmouth University, found 74 percent of Americans saying they plan to stay home on Thanksgiving. Among the remaining percentages, the poll found 10 percent saying they plan to travel overnight, 13 percent saying they plan to drive to another place and back in the same day and 3 percent said they didn’t know.

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Maryland, Virginia see second spike in nursing home coronavirus cases

The spike in cases in Virginia, Maryland and the District since August has not yet been followed by a notable surge in deaths. But health experts note that fatalities often lag several weeks behind new infections, and warn that the uncontrolled spread of the virus in nursing homes could lead to a significant jump in deaths of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

In rural localities, a large outbreak at even one long-term care facility could tip the health system into chaos.

Some government officials are alarmed. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday severely limited indoor visitation at nursing homes and announced that all facilities must test staff twice a week. Maryland health officials also say they are ramping up on-site visits and doubling the number of employees dispatched to nursing homes as “rapid response teams.” County officials say they’re stockpiling masks and gowns, concerned that the nationwide

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As COVID cases surge in nursing homes, feds urge extra holiday precaution

The guidance comes as nursing homes grapple with the renewed challenge of infected staff members. One of the nation’s largest providers, ProMedica Senior Care, which operates 222 nursing homes around the country, has seen the virus’s dramatic onset. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the company’s 30,000 senior care staffers have recorded 2,000 positive tests. But 600 of those have come in the past two weeks.

“We’re all afraid as employees to be ‘patient zero,’” said Katy Tenner, a dietician at a ProMedica nursing home in Sacramento, California. “Knowing what we know about what it can do if it gets into a nursing

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