Virus surge, staff shortages hit Minnesota nursing homes; National Guard steps in

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Published 9:35 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A surge in COVID-19 cases has led to critical staffing shortages at some Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities, forcing the state to send the National Guard to help out and ask all state employees to consider volunteering in facilities.

New data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows 90% of the state’s nursing homes and 58% of assisted-living facilities have active virus outbreaks. The data includes more than 70 senior care homes that didn’t have any COVID-19 infected residents one month ago, the Star Tribune  reported.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that 47 long-term care facilities are in “a crisis staffing situation” and are receiving active support from the state, including help from federal health nurses.

Gov. Tim Walz’s administration has taken the unusual step of emailing all state employees and asking them

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The COVID-19 crisis is lasting much longer than the normal disasters that trigger deployment of the Pennsylvania National Guard. A big part of their role involves helping at long-term care facilities. Many facilities needed help in spring, and some need it again as Pennsylvania faces a second surge of COVID-19 infections.

“I would say this is a job the National Guard never expected to have,” said Dr. Albert Fogle, a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania National Guard. As a doctor, he specializes in caring for older people.

The National Guard’s work in long-term care facilities has ranged from directly caring for residents to washing floors to transporting supplies to helping residents do on-line visits with loved ones.

With Pennsylvania experiencing a second major wave of COVID-19 cases, the guard is again needed to help long-term care facilities with things including offsetting staff shortages and helping to control spread of infections.

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More than 3,600 National Guard service members have been activated across the country ahead of possible civil unrest after the polls close.

At least 16 states have Guard troops at the ready for a range of missions, from cybersecurity support to assisting at polling locations out of uniform. They are also on standby in case of protests on election night or later this week.

The National Guard is involved with election-related activities since federal law prohibits active-duty military from enforcing order domestically.

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More than 1,300 Indiana National Guard members will be deployed to nursing homes next week

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More than 1,300 members of the Indiana National Guard will be deployed to help the 133 hardest hit nursing homes on Nov. 3 to combat the coronavirus, state officials announced during a weekly press briefing on the pandemic.

The National Guard will then expand support to all 534 nursing homes over the next three weeks, Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles said. The extra help will be available until Dec. 31.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said that, while not all of the deaths in the past week have been in nursing homes, a large number are, and acknowledged that was one of

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1,300 Indiana Guard to be deployed to nursing homes

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Indiana National Guard, INDOT, State Police, Indiana Public Health come together for distribution of urgently-needed medical supplies to state.

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More than 1,300 members of the Indiana National Guard will be deployed to help the 133 hardest hit nursing homes on Nov. 3 to combat the coronavirus, state officials announced during a weekly press briefing on the pandemic.

The National Guard will then expand support to all 534 nursing homes over the next three weeks, Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles said. The extra help will be available until Dec. 31.

Gov. Eric Holcomb named R. Dale Lyles as the next leader of the Indiana National Guard on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Photo: Photo provided by the Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb)

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said that, while not all of the deaths in the past week have been in nursing homes, a large number are,

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National Guard headed to nursing homes

During Gov. Eric Holcomb’s update today, we learned that the Indiana National Guard will be deployed to the state’s long term care facilities to screen employees and help with infection control practices. They will help “exhausted” staff care for patients, according to Holcomb. Read more in Emily Hopkins’ story.



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Summary: What we learned at the governor’s weekly COVID news conference Wednesday

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Nursing home outbreak

The Boone County Health Department announced on Tuesday an outbreak of the coronavirus inside a Lebanon nursing home. Four residents at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood have died and 37 employees and residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Indiana nursing homes will receive help from National Guard

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The older, sicker residents in Indiana nursing homes make the environments particularly susceptible to the coronavirus. But there are other reasons why the disease has been so lethal there.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Wednesday that he would send members of the Indiana National Guard into nursing homes to help an “exhausted” staff care for residents.

The announcement comes as long-term care facilities are experiencing the largest surge of cases and deaths. To date, 2,205 residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Indiana have died of COVID-19, about 58% of coronavirus deaths statewide.

Beginning on November 1, the National Guard will help with tasks such as staff screenings, data entry and testing to allow long-term care staff more time to directly care for residents. Facilities currently experiencing outbreaks will be the first to receive the aid.

Staff, residents and families are “simply, like so many,

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Unlicensed security guard in shooting was independent contractor

Charges for Matthew Dolloff, 30 will be filed Monday.

DENVER — EDITOR’S NOTE: 9NEWS is used to covering many different kinds of stories, but usually we’re not directly involved in them. For this reason, A.J. Lagoe from our sister station KARE in Minneapolis is covering the initial stages of the shooting and investigation.

Matthew Dolloff, 30 is facing second-degree murder charges following the shooting and killing of Lee Keltner, 49, during dueling Denver rallies on Saturday. 

Dolloff was working as a security guard providing protection for a 9NEWS producer who was filming the rallies. 

The city said Dolloff was not licensed to work security in Denver at all. 

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Security by 9NEWS was contracted through an agency named Pinkerton, who released a statement that Dolloff was an agent from another company.

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