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After ‘Truly Appalling’ Death Toll in Nursing Homes, California Rethinks Their Funding []


By Samantha Young, Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images, California Healthline, December 15, 2021

About 1 in 8 Californians who have died of covid lived in a nursing home.

They were among the state’s most frail residents: nearly 9,400 mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles whom Californians entrusted to a nursing home’s care. An additional 56,275 confirmed covid cases among nursing home residents weren’t fatal.

“The number of covid infections and deaths that happened in skilled nursing facilities in California is truly appalling,” Jim Wood, a Democrat who chairs the state Assembly Health Committee, said at a recent hearing he convened on nursing homes. “I expect better from us.”

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