Most nursing home inspectors still not tested for COVID-19

A month after Gov. Gavin Newsom promised an aggressive program to test nursing home inspectors for the deadly coronavirus, at least 60% still have not been tested, state health officials acknowledged.

Newsom ordered the testing in late July after a Los Angeles Times investigation found that, since the beginning of the pandemic, state health officials had been sending inspectors from nursing home to nursing home — many of which had raging outbreaks — without testing those inspectors to make sure they were not spreading the virus themselves.

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6:13 PM, Sep. 14, 2020Nursing homes inspectors: An article in the Aug. 27 Section A about testing of nursing home inspectors said California health officials had barred friends and relatives from visiting residents in nursing homes since March. In late June, state officials began allowing visits outdoors or in large communal spaces as long as everyone wears a mask,

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Popular East Bay pop-up restaurant Broke Ass Cooks shut down by health inspectors

Pandemic-born runaway hit Broke Ass Cooks just became yet another pop-up restaurant to be shut down by Alameda County health inspectors, according to its founders. The move indicates that the county is beginning to crack down on the growing number of food businesses operating in legal gray areas since the pandemic has started.

Founders Bilal Ali, Keone Koki and Hoang Le, who started the jerk chicken business in their shared West Oakland backyard without health department permits, said their landlord told them Wednesday that she had received a notice from Alameda County that they had to cease operations at the property. A spokesperson from the health department confirmed that it sent the notice of a violation of the California Retail Food Code for being an unpermitted food vendor after receiving a complaint about the business.

The friends and house mates from Broke Ass Cooks started the company after being laid

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Most nursing home inspectors still haven’t tested for the coronavirus, despite Newsom pledge

A month after Gov. Gavin Newsom promised an aggressive program to test nursing home inspectors for the deadly coronavirus, at least 60% still have not been tested, state health officials acknowledged.



Adrin Nazarian wearing a suit and tie: Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), shown in 2016, has repeatedly criticized California health officials for what he considers a dangerously lethargic response to the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), shown in 2016, has repeatedly criticized California health officials for what he considers a dangerously lethargic response to the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Newsom ordered the testing in late July after a Los Angeles Times investigation found that, since the beginning of the pandemic, state health officials had been sending inspectors from nursing home to nursing home — many of which had raging outbreaks — without testing those inspectors to make sure they were not spreading the deadly virus themselves.

The testing program itself is sharply criticized by some inspectors who say it’s an informal and

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