Coronavirus outbreaks ravage nursing homes again, even after Newsom safety measures

After a steady slide in the statewide number of new coronavirus infections at skilled nursing homes, facilities in Santa Cruz and Shasta Counties are grappling with severe outbreaks, with several dozen people at both places testing positive and residents dying of COVID-19.



a man walking across Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay: The Sundial Bridge in Redding. Coronavirus outbreaks have recently hit nursing homes in that Northern California city and also in Santa Cruz County. (William Koplitz / Getty Images)


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The Sundial Bridge in Redding. Coronavirus outbreaks have recently hit nursing homes in that Northern California city and also in Santa Cruz County. (William Koplitz / Getty Images)

The outbreaks raise questions on whether a May directive by state health officials, requiring regular testing of nursing home residents and staff, is being comprehensively implemented. Some watchdogs fear another spike could be in the offing at facilities that care for some of California’s most frail and vulnerable.

“Something is terribly wrong because they shouldn’t be having deaths,” Charlene Harrington, a professor emeritus at UC San Francisco who studies skilled nursing facilities, said

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Australia plans big spending pandemic measures, record debt

CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government Tuesday will reveal a big spending financial blueprint for the next few years that will drive business investment and job creation while repairing pandemic damage to the economy, the treasurer said.

The government is also expected to accrue record debt in the current fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2021, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters.

“I will lay out our economic recovery plan to rebuild the Australian economy and secure Australia’s future,” he told reporters.

Budget plans usually delivered in May were delayed this year due to the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic. The forecasts assume a COVID-19 vaccine will become available next calendar year.

“Our plan will create jobs. Our plan will create opportunity. Our plan will drive investment. Our plan will grow the economy and guarantee the essential services Australians rely on,” Frydenberg said.

The annual budget is expected

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Ontario reports 653 COVID-19 cases as new public health measures take effect

Ontario is reporting 653 cases of COVID-19 today and 41 deaths related to the coronavirus, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says an ongoing data review at Toronto Public Health is at least partly responsible for the spike.

Elliott says some cases and deaths that occurred in the spring or summer are only being reported today.

The same thing happened on Friday, when Ontario reported an all-time high of 732 new cases along with 76 deaths.

There are now 53,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 2,968 deaths and 45,285 resolved cases.

The province was able to complete 46,254 tests in the previous 24 hours, but nearly twice that number — 91,322 — are still listed as “under investigation.”

Meanwhile, new public health restrictions kick in today in three of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots.

The provincial government announced Friday that Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region would face tighter regulations as

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