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9 dead, 61 positive in coronavirus outbreak at Santa Cruz Co. facility

Nine people have died and another 61 have tested positive for the coronavirus in a “serious outbreak” at the Watsonville Post-Acute Center, according to Santa Cruz County public health officials.



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The county did not say when the outbreak started, but it announced five of the nine deaths among residents on Wednesday. The outbreak is responsible for nearly half of the 19 total COVID-19 deaths in Santa Cruz County.

Of those who tested positive at the facility, 46 are residents and 15 are staff, public health officials said. The county has recorded 2,535 total coronavirus cases, according to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard.

“Our condolences go out to these individuals’ families and friends,” Santa Cruz County officials said in a statement.

Officials with the California Department of Public Health have “conducted multiple site visits to provide assessments and recommendations” since the outbreak began, county public health officials said.

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Stephen Miller Tests Positive as White House Outbreak Grows

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On Tuesday evening, senior administration officials confirmed that Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s top speechwriter and a policy adviser, had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of Mr. Trump’s close aides who have the virus.

“Over the last five days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “Today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and am in quarantine.”

Mr. Miller is married to Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s communications director. A senior administration official said Ms. Miller, who contracted the virus this spring and returned to work in May, was tested Tuesday morning and was negative for any new infection.

On Tuesday, many White House offices were empty as officials stayed

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Colorado Rapids scrap plans to host fans at upcoming home matches after COVID-19 outbreak

Plans to host fans at upcoming Colorado Rapids matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have been scuttled after the team recently experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, the club announced Monday afternoon.

The team planned to have as many as 1,165 fans (6% capacity) attend matches Wednesday and Saturday nights at its Commerce City stadium. But after 14 people within the Rapids organization (four players, 10 staff members) tested positive for the virus during the last two weeks, those plans were put on hold “out of an abundance of caution.”

MLS postponed Colorado’s previous two matches against Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 27) and the Portland Timbers (Oct. 3) due to the outbreak. The team will return to its home field 7 p.m. Wednesday against LAFC, followed by another match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 5 p.m. Saturday vs. the L.A. Galaxy — just not with fans in the stadium.

“The health and

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Two charged in deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Massachusetts veterans’ home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two former heads of a Massachusetts veterans home have been indicted on criminal neglect charges for their roles in handling a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 76 people, the state’s attorney general said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags are planted outside the Soldiers Home for the veteran residents who have died during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S., May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey said the criminal case against the former officials at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was believed to be the first yet linked to an outbreak at a U.S. nursing facility during the pandemic.

The case against former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton stemmed from a March decision to consolidate two dementia units, putting COVID-19 positive residents within feet of ones without symptoms, Healey said.

In a tribute to the victims,

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Criminal charges filed against superintendent, former medical director at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

The superintendent and former medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home face criminal charges in connection with a Covid-19 outbreak at the veteran’s home earlier this year, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.



a building with a grassy area: An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.


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An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The nursing home for veterans in Massachusetts suffered a deadly Covid-19 outbreak in March and April. According to staff and union accounts shared with CNN, the home dealt with systemic issues like short staffing for years.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and former medical director David Clinton, 71, “for causing or permitting serious bodily injury or neglect of an elder during the Covid-19 outbreak,” Healey said.

They are each facing 10 counts: five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

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2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at veterans home

The Holyoke Soldiers Home in Holyoke, Mass., on March 31, 2020.

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Two former leaders of a Massachusetts home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened by the coronavirus died have been criminally charged for their handling of the outbreak, the state’s attorney general said Friday.

It’s believed to be the first criminal case in the country brought against nursing home officials for actions taken during the pandemic, Attorney General Maura Healey said.

Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from their decision to combine two dementia units in March, packing residents who were COVID-19 positive into the same room with those who had no symptoms, Healey said.

Walsh and Clinton could each face prison time if convicted of charges of causing or permitting

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Nursing home transferring residents following COVID-19 outbreak at facility

All residents at a Connecticut nursing home are being moved following a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, which has resulted in 28 hospitalizations and four deaths since late July, according to the Connecticut Department of Health.



a person standing next to a door: A resident on a wheelchair is seen in a corridor at "Les Figuiers" retirement home (Ehpad - Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, September 16, 2020.


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A resident on a wheelchair is seen in a corridor at “Les Figuiers” retirement home (Ehpad – Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, September 16, 2020.

An emergency order issued by Deidre Gifford, acting director of the state’s department of health, called for the immediate discharge and transfer of all residents of the Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich, Connecticut.

“Today marks a very sad but necessary step we must take to keep the residents of this nursing home safe and healthy,” Gifford in a statement Wednesday. “This represented a risk to the health and safety of residents and staff and

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State to close nursing home after deadly COVID-19 outbreak

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FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, Newtown’s Mike Ricks (11) blocks Darien’s Sam Wilson (9) as the during the Class LL state high school football championship at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Conn. After the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference failed to convince state health officials in an early September 2020 meeting that it could mitigate the risk of players spreading the new coronavirus by using face shields and requiring other safety protocols, the organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut has once again voted to cancel the fall football season.

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Connecticut’s Department of Public Health has issued an emergency order that will close a Norwich nursing home where officials allege violations of COVID-19 protocols have led to several deaths.

Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said Wednesday’s unprecedented order to remove all 53 patients from Three Rivers Health Care Nursing Home came

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