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'Whoa, that's not right': Georgia towns lead census appeals

Jan. 22, 2022 11:57 AM EST

When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts. “I said, ‘Whoa, that’s not...

Help extended for hospitals, nursing homes hit hard by COVID

Jan. 21, 2022 18:04 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Friday extending executive orders that help address crippling shortages of medical personnel and nursing home workers. One order allows hospital staff to perform a broader range of duties. The other makes licensing of...

Lamont: Vax mandate for state employees, teachers can expire

Jan. 20, 2022 19:15 PM EST

Gov. Ned Lamont won't push for lawmakers to renew executive orders requiring certain state employees and teachers either get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. Lamont said Thursday those mandates aren't among the 11 mandates he’s recommending the General Assembly extend when his...

New York couple accused of Nebraska nursing homes fraud

Jan. 20, 2022 18:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A couple from Brooklyn, New York, is facing a lawsuit accusing them of committing Medicaid fraud involving several nursing homes that Nebraska $59.6 million. A lawsuit filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office accuses Joseph and Rosie Schwartz, and...

Youngkin lays out 'COVID Action Plan' for Virginia

Jan. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order Thursday intended to continue offering hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers extra flexibility as they deal with the latest COVID-19 surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The...

Michigan nursing homes ordered to offer on-site booster shot

Jan. 20, 2022 18:02 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health director on Thursday ordered nursing homes to offer on-site booster shots to residents who are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine in a state that lags others in vaccinating people in long-term care facilities. The facilities must comply...

WA House passes pause to long-term care program and tax

Jan. 19, 2022 20:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly three years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. Now, lawmakers are quickly moving to delay implementation amid concerns about long-term solvency of the program and criticism of...

Lamont: Nursing home visitors must be vaccinated or tested

Jan. 19, 2022 18:25 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Beginning Saturday, visitors to nursing homes in Connecticut must show proof they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 or they've recently tested negative in order to enter the long-term care facilities. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order...

NJ requires shot for health care workers, ending test option

Jan. 19, 2022 17:06 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will require health care workers and employees in nursing homes and prisons to get fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, dropping an option to either get the shot or be tested, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy announced the new...

Closed Catholic school to be converted to senior apartments

Jan. 16, 2022 13:41 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A now-closed Catholic school in Massachusetts has been sold for $4.75 million to a nonprofit that plans to build a three-story senior living apartment complex on the site. Goddard Homestead closed on the nearly 24-acre (9.7-hectare) former St. Peter-Marian...