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Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Carol Leonetti Dannhauser

12 July 2021

Derby, Connecticut, United States

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Griffin hospital used innovative strategies to test, vaccinate, and care for patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital stocked up early, including with donated ventilators, and repurposed unused spaces an...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

29 April 2021

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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Nursing homes adapted to COVID-19 so that they could protect residents’ physical well-being while also preserving their social and emotional health. Staff at Belknap County Nursing Home modified popular activities to ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Judy Bankman

16 April 2021

West Virginia, United States

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In the race to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people, innovators in certain places have excelled at getting shots into arms, including in hard-to-reach or vaccine-reluctant populations. West Virginia broke from the...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

1 March 2021

United States

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Throughout the U.S. a group of nursing homes known as Green House Cottages are providing a model of care through their patient-centered architecture, philosophy, and organization. Unlike the typical nursing home, each...

WBFO

Tom Dinki

22 February 2021

Maryland, United States

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The Green House Project, which is a network model of nursing homes across states, has been able to largely avoid the spread of Covid-19 amongst residents, with five times fewer cases than the national nursing home ave...

Kaiser Health News

Rachel Bluth

16 February 2021

Contra Costa County, California, United States

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A mobile "strike team" comprised of workers from Contra Costa County, local home health agencies, advocates, and nonprofit groups is helping seniors living in assisted-living facilities to get access to the Covid-19 v...

The New York Times

Sarah Mervosh

24 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Prior to the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out to states, West Virginia preemptively opted out of the federal distribution plan that relied on CVS and Walgreens and instead partnered local pharmacies with long-te...

FreshWater Cleveland

Cindy Hill

21 January 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic impeded how home care professionals could perform their jobs, many organizations had to adapt to new protocols. In Ohio, the Visiting Nurses Association pivoted to create a COVID-19 “SWAT...

The New York Times

John Leland

14 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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To address the need and want for increased access to information, an 80-year-old woman living in a retirement home in New York City rallied her fellow residents and launched a newsletter to provide relevant news durin...

The Conversation

Tinglong Dai

14 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Most states in the U.S. are struggling to effectively and efficiently distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, while "West Virginia became the first state to finish round one of the two-dose vaccine series in nursing homes." ...

The Buffalo News

Lou Michel

Scott Scanlon

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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A handful of nursing homes in New York have been able to avoid an onslaught of COVID-19 cases by focusing on education and training of the staff and keeping their workforce stable and well-supplied. While these method...

The New Yorker

Jay Caspian Kang

4 January 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay Area has had fewer COVID-19 deaths than would be expected for such a densely populated area, largely by "drawing on resources and expertise that predated the coronavirus pandemic." Unlike other l...

Associated Press

Colleen Barry

Luca Bruno

24 December 2020

Italy

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In Italy, the “Santa’s grandchildren” program is helping to connect nursing home residents with volunteer grandchildren for visits and gifts during the holiday season. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the mee...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chris Serres

18 December 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After facing staffing shortages during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Human Services developed an aggressive emergency hiring initiative ahead of potential new outbreaks. Using...

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

20 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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When nursing homes in North Carolina realized that the coronavirus pandemic had arrived within the state, facility managers and staff began enacting measures to prevent the spread of the virus amongst their residents....

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

19 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, nursing homes have largely been able to remain COVID-free due to proactive measures that focused on keeping residents safe. The facilities have been heavily relying on mask-wearing and social distan...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

7 September 2020

Illinois, United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated how seniors are able to come together for companionship, but groups in Illinois are trying to utilize technology to address the problem. While the digital divide is a significant ...

WAVY-TV

Chris Horne

17 August 2020

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

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A residential senior center prevented the spread of Covid-19, with just 1 of over 700 residents contracting the virus. In addition to social distancing, hand washing, and outdoor visiting areas, the facility's residen...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

24 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore has reported approximately 10,000 cases of Covid-19, but the local Maryland Baptist Aged Home hasn't had a single senior resident infected due "a relatively small population of 29 residents, a strong history...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

9 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A faith-based nursing home facility in Baltimore has managed to remain free of any cases of coronavirus due to proactive and aggressive preparedness measure. Although there were concerns that implementing such restric...

The Local

Anne Grietje Franssen

Petronella Uebel

30 June 2020

Sweden

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The handful of Swedish elderly care homes that protected residents from COVID-19 infection shared some common traits: they improved hygiene practices, isolated possibly infectious staff, stocked up on protective equip...

The Connecticut Mirror

Keith Phaneuf

19 June 2020

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut's assisted living facilities have been able to slow the spread of coronavirus cases largely due to an "omnibus testing program." Adopted at facilities throughout the state, the protocol involves testing al...

The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks

18 June 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Quick, restrictive and decisive action helped the "oldest African American owned and operated nursing home" in Maryland remain free of Covid-19 cases. With only 15 cases reported in the country, the nursing home didn'...

Equal Times

Carmen Grau

25 May 2020

Matsudo, Japan

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Japan's model of prioritizing societal care for their elderly has helped the country achieve the highest life expectancy and be named the healthiest population in the world. Now amid the coronavirus pandemic, the coun...

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