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Infection control complaints at Texas nursing homes surge 22 times higher

Infection control complaints at Texas nursing homes surge 22 times higher

AUSTIN (KXAN) — These days, Janie Luevano spends a lot of time outside. Inside, she doesn’t feel the usual holiday cheer. She chose to ditch the Christmas decorations this year — opting instead for a simple wreath on the front door.“Maybe next year I’ll be in a better mood. This year, I’m not,” she said.The year 2020, and more specifically the coronavirus, claimed two of her brothers’ lives. One of them, who she called “Jimmy,” died after contracting the virus in West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation.“The hardest thing for me to accept is that I put him in the nursing home thinking he’d get...

December 18, 2020
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State admits to ‘data entry errors’ in reporting COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities

State admits to ‘data entry errors’ in reporting COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but a data error by the state has raised new concerns that perhaps more deaths haven’t been counted.In July, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission began releasing daily public reports about which homes had cases and deaths. As of Monday, state data showed 4,465 residents had died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.“Lives literally hinge on this data.” Brian Lee, Executive Director of Families for Better CareA family reached out to KXAN Investigators after...

September 30, 2020
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Deadly shooting during protest reignites gun debate in Texas

Deadly shooting during protest reignites gun debate in Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Garrett Foster was seen carrying an AK-47 rifle at a Black Lives Matter protest this weekend. The same night, he was shot.Austin police confirmed the 28-year-old died at the hospital, after being shot several times during a confrontation between a motorist and protesters.An independent journalist filming the protest and dash camera footage from another driver both captured the moment a car turned into a crowd of protesters on Congress.Seconds later, there was a volley of gunfire.“Gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle at Mr. Foster,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley...

July 27, 2020
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