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Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials plan to visit every nursing home to check on the number of employees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes as federal data show at least 16 facilities in the state have staff vaccination rates below 50%. ...

Worker shortage stymies vaccine mandates at nursing homes

Aug. 05, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Several Maine healthcare systems and hospitals are mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees but staffing shortages in many nursing homes may prevent them from following suit. The Bangor Daily News reports that more than 40 nursing homes want to...

Despite outbreaks, Lamont doesn't foresee COVID mandates

Aug. 04, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

Despite expressing concern about some recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut, notably at a birthday party and a summer camp, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday that he does not foresee the state following the lead of New York City and requiring vaccination declarations for a variety of indoor...

Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job

Aug. 04, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. nursing home industry’s resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs. ...

Gov. Baker: All long-term care workers must be vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that his administration will begin mandating that staff working in long-term care facilities receive COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help protect some of the state's most vulnerable residents against the disease. ...

US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated

Aug. 02, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Employers are losing patience with unvaccinated workers. For months, most employers relied on information campaigns, bonuses and other incentives to encourage their workforces to get the COVID-19 shot. Now, a growing number are imposing rules to make it...

Census: 1 in 5 dorms, prisons had no data at end of US count

Jul. 31, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

By the end of the U.S. head count last year, the Census Bureau had no data for almost a fifth of the nation's occupied college dorms, nursing homes and prisons, requiring the statistical agency to make eleventh-hour calls to facilities in an effort to collect information or use a last-resort...

Fired Iowa Veterans Home leader kept excess pay, audit finds

Jul. 29, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds fired the leader of Iowa’s state-run nursing home for veterans in May after learning he had been overpaid by $90,000 over a nearly two-year period, a state audit reported Thursday. Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri...

Spokeswoman: Mississippi gov won't mandate masks in schools

Jul. 27, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves does not plan to issue a mask mandate for schools, even as COVID-19 cases are proliferating in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation. “Governor Reeves has no intention of requiring students...

Deadline coming on WA long-term care: private or state plan?

Jul. 27, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two 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, workers have just a few months to decide whether they want to buy a private plan and opt out of the state-managed program...