According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, residents at nursing homes are at the highest risk of being impacted by the coronavirus. Despite taking precautionary measures, these facilities have accounted for nearly half of all deaths related to COVID-19 in California, and data released by the state suggests there have been many more outbreaks than previously disclosed.

During the discussion, we will address the following questions:

  • How are California’s nursing homes dealing with this outbreak?
  • What past problems and current issues reveal how prepared these facilities are to care for this high-risk population?
  • What needs to change about nursing homes overall going forward in the new normal?
  • What should Californians and their loved ones expect if they have to interact with a nursing home?

Panelists include:

  • Craig Cornett, CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities
  • Michael Dark, staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • Michael Wasserman, M.D., President of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine

This virtual chat is part of our “Getting Through Coronavirus, Explained” series. Question for the panelists? You can submit yours on the form below.

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