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California is Still Allowing COVID Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities

With hospitals still nearly empty, why are public health officials infecting the feeble and elderly?

By Katy Grimes, June 15, 2020 7:28 am

In March California Globe reported the California Department of Public Health was suspending nursing home relegations to allow for COVID-19 patients to be “discharged to a Skilled Nursing Facility when clinically indicated.”

Following deadly COVID outbreaks in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, they were under a strict lockdown, and not even allowing spouses and family to visit elderly loved ones.

Over the weekend, a friend reported Eskaton was now accepting COVID patients. The company sent out a memo to staff announcing they were going to start taking COVID patients.

We’ve learned that COVID patients are worth $800 per day, compared to the $200 per day for long-term patients with mild health concerns or dementia.

It is not a stretch to see that COVID patients are a money maker for nursing homes.

With coordinated news reports curiously now claiming there will be another spike in COVID, what better way to ensure the spiked numbers than by sending COVID patients into nursing homes? It’s a death sentence to the elderly.

However, a “spike” in COVID “cases” isn’t a “spike” in COVID deaths, as the media is implying. The real spike is in testing. While more testing is finding more people who carry the virus, it is not translating to hospitalizations or deaths – the recovery rate is still over 98%.

Sacramento County reports 63 deaths due to coronavirus, noting that the “individuals who died from complications of COVID-19 were either age 65+ and/or had underlying health conditions and/or other risk factors​.”

As Andy Caldwell reported for California Globe, he filed a request for inquiry and investigation with the Santa Barbara District Attorney and the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Foreman, regarding the county’s public health department oversight of the COVID-19 outbreak because of its failure to provide comprehensive testing in senior care facilities, demonstrably the greatest concentration of people-at-risk under the Public Health Department’s responsibility.

Caldwell reported on a skilled nursing facility in Santa Maria which experienced  24 cases of COVID-19 among residents and 12 among staff, months after the entire country was informed of the dangers of COVID-19 among the elderly.

“On May 5, the public health department staff told the County Board of Supervisors that six facilities had outbreaks, affecting over 150 patients, but that a plan was in place to monitor and test this vulnerable population,” – but not until the end of June, Caldwell reported.

California Globe contacted the California Department of Public Health in March and asked, “Is the CDPH suspending the very regulations that keep patients safe from abuse and incompetence?” and “Does this mean COVID-19 patients may be sent to nursing facilities?”

CDPH answered the first question but not the second question. The April 1 directive states only “Patients with no clinical concern for COVID-19 may be transferred from hospitals to SNFs following usual procedures.”

The bottom line is that the California Department of Public Health was directing skilled nursing facilities to take in COVID-19 patients, but at what cost and why with plenty of hospital beds available? California never experienced a surge or spike of COVID patients. CDPH acknowledges that the elderly patients already in skilled nursing facilities are “California’s most vulnerable,” so why would they send any COVID-19 patients to facilities with the most frail and vulnerable patients?

As Caldwell asked, “Do senior lives matter?” Apparently not when public health doctors and politicians need the COVID numbers spiked, and skilled nursing facilities could use the extra money.

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5 thoughts on “California is Still Allowing COVID Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities

    1. I am a patient at woodland care center in reseda, Ca and I am damned mad and so is my daughter .’. I am only here to get over a paralysis from a damn flu shot a few years ago. I don’t plan on spending the rest of my life here and so far I have tested negative but if I should get Covid I don’t know how I would react. 😡😡. All thank know is it isn’t right!!!

  1. This is outrageous beyond belief. I’ve become very cynical about these people and even I can’t quite wrap my mind around this latest revelation. They’re killing these vulnerable elders by doing this. And haven’t rushed to correct it in all this time. We’re supposed to think it’s an accident? An “oversight?” A big mistake? What the hell is going on?

  2. This does not surprise me at all. It’s from a party that has zero regard for unborn life. They have a severe lack of humanity for life that is the most vulnerable and defenseless, and instead of having a natural desire to protect and love the child, they choose murder and rob it of life. If you’ll do that I doubt they have feelings for any life whatsoever.

    The state is being real slick here by getting the nursing homes to take the fall for any fatalities by dangling a hook with a few bucks on it in front of them. One fatality followed by a huge lawsuit would very likely take a place down for good. Is the objective here to get them off Medi-Cal or insurance period, add to the COVID deaths to keep the HOAX alive and also let someone take the fall for fatalities if they happen?

    1. Great points and you’re right — in addition to everything else, it looks like the state/local politicians and bureaucrats hope to divert the blame from themselves to the nursing homes, thinking the public will more likely place blame there.

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