Coronavirus Pandemic: Families Wrestle With Care Decisions As Coronavirus Strikes Nursing Homes

Nearly 1 in 10 nursing homes across America have reported Coronavirus outbreaks, according to a report by the Washington Post. And once someone recovers from the virus, it's still an agonizing ordeal for families.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Families Wrestle With Care Decisions As Coronavirus Strikes Nursing Homes

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Nearly 1 in 10 nursing homes across America have reported Coronavirus outbreaks, according to a report by the Washington Post. And once someone recovers from the virus, it’s still an agonizing ordeal for families.

Freska Griarte, a KOIT Radio personality, told KPIX5 in early March that her 84 year old mother – an Alzheimer’s patient – was healthy. But that has changed. She recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred from her skilled nursing facility – St. Francis Heights – to Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco.

The good news is she is now recovering and should be released very soon. But her family still doesn’t know exactly what happens next.

“It’s very frustrating,” Griarte said. “When my sister and I talk, we’re like, ‘Where’s mom going to go?’”

Griarte said she has been contacted by county officials, but was told they simply have not made a decision where her mother will be transferred. It likely will not be back to her previous nursing facility.

It’s uncharted territory for everybody.

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy told KPIX5 he couldn’t speak to Griarte’s case specifically, but there are several options for patients who test COVID-19 positive.

They may go to a hotel with 24-hour medical staff. Or they could be sent to the newly reopened Seton Medical center which is also designated for covid patients. Or even a nursing facility with a COVID-19 wing.

“They will be quarantined until they test negative twice,” Callagy added.

While she waits for a decision, Freska has written a touching letter to the future healthcare workers, telling them about her mother, who immigrated from the Philippines and was a social worker in San Mateo County for more than two decades.

“To all of our mother’s amazing health care team, you are all truly angels on earth,” the letter reads.

“I said here’s a photo of my Mom so they can see her beautiful smile that they don’t see because she’s not able to smile or speak. And also that we as a family appreciate what they’re doing,” Griarte said.

She also gave them a radio, so her mother can hear her daughter on the afternoon shift at KOIT radio.

A decision from the County should come soon, as Freska’s mother may be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday.

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Coronavirus Update: San Francisco Bay Area Students, Teachers Struggle With Remote Online Learning

Schools are shuttered for the remainder of this academic year in the San Francisco Bay Area, but are the kids getting the education they need to move up to the next grade with remote online instruction?

Coronavirus Update: San Francisco Bay Area Students, Teachers Struggle With Remote Online Learning

PITTSBURG (CBS SF) – Schools are shuttered for the remainder of this academic year in the San Francisco Bay Area, but are the kids getting the education they need to move up to the next grade with remote online instruction?

Changes may be coming. Some school systems have discussed options transitioning to more of a year-round schedule or possibly coming back early from summer break. Those options though come with major hurdles and teachers might just have to rely on second best.

Todd Whitmire, a Principal from Pittsburg High School, admits online learning has its disadvantages.

“It’s not the same as being in a brick and mortar and we are not selling it as that,” Whitmire said. “If we had our choice, we would be back in school but we are not.”

With the unprecedented stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID 19, educators had to act quickly to set up school online. But Whitmire said something is lost remotely teaching. Still he can’t see his school making major changes to its schedule to make up for lost time away from the classroom.

“I don’t know if it’s feasible to go back and make up the last month of the school year, it’s not,” Whitmire said.

So how much will your child miss by not being in a classroom? It maybe hard to measure but Pittsburg High is prepared to re-teach some of the lessons next year.

“I think there is work we will have to do to review in the fall, retracing concepts they need to get to the next level,” Whitmire said.

While Whitmire is confident his kids will catch up but it’s not the math, language or social studies that he’s concerned about.

“I worry much more with the social emotional piece with the kids, being in isolation away from their friends,” he said.

As for maybe using summer school as the time to make up in class instruction, Whitmire says that’s unlikely. The Pittsburg Unified School District hasn’t officially canceled yet but he thinks the probability is really high that it will happen.

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