I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting AB 2644. This bill just passed the Senate and will make changes to better protect Californians during emergencies such as COVID-19.
With over half of the COVID-19 deaths in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), we need SNFs to have dedicated, full-time infection preventionists to protect residents and staff from infection. We must ensure that the Long-Term Care Ombudsman can continue to advocate and protect nursing home residents. This bill would do just that.
AB 2644 also requires, in the event of a declared emergency related to a communicable disease, a skilled nursing facility to report each disease-related death and suspected disease-related death to the State Department of Public Health (DPH) within 24 hours of that death. It also requires DPH to report certain information related to diseased-related deaths in SNFs on its website on a weekly basis.
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