Nursing home residents stage protest of coronavirus restrictions

About 20 residents of a Greeley, Colo., nursing facility gathered to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions in the state.

The residents, many of them wheelchair users, assembled outside Fairacres Manor Thursday, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” said Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at the facility, according to CBS4. 

Gonzales said staff members, who were present at the protest in masks and eye protection, “want them [residents] to know that their voice does matter.”

Under current restrictions, residents are forbidden from physical contact, although visits are still permitted, the TV station noted.

“We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore,” said Resident Council President Sharon Peterson. “Fairacres follows the rules and, with that, we

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Thawing of frozen loans stalls as restrictions bite

The mixture of home loans to SME loans is broadly the same with the value of home loans falling to $160 billion in August from $167 billion in July and deferred SME loans falling to $53 billion from $55 billion over the same period.

Lender level data still shows Bank of Queensland as the big lender with the highest proportion of deferred loans overall accounting for 12 per cent of its total book. BoQ has frozen repayments of 11 per cent of its home loan book and 21 per cent of its SME loan book.

Earlier this week the bank announced it was ramping up provisions for bad debts to $175 million after taking into account the worsening impact of the virus crisis.

ANZ has the highest proportion of home loans on deferral with the data showing repayments on 12 per cent of its home loan as frozen. ANZ CEO

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Mask ordinance extended through Nov. 8th; Hospital and nursing home restrictions eased

Governor Kay Ivey extended her health order including a statewide mask ordinance through November 8th as part of Alabama’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We’ve heard from a lot of you and I hear you but I look forward to lifting the mask order as much as you do, if not more and hopefully that can be sooner, not later,” said Ivey acknowledging the frustration among many Alabamians eager to return to a sense of normalcy. 

Ivey’s announcement kept virtually all of Alabama’s Safer At Homer order in place. The new order did ease restrictions on hospitals and nursing homes by allowing patients and residents to  be visited by one caregiver or visitor at a time.

Nursing homes are still subject to a series of federal restrictions issued in September by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The regulations state a facility must go 14 days

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Pregnant woman struggling with PTSD after miscarrying urges review of early labour restrictions

An expectant mother rallying after the trauma of miscarrying said she “feels forgotten about” after she was told her wife could not support her through the birth of their first child.

Chairis Grant-Hickey, a 38-year-old education officer, lost her first child conceived through fertility treatment, and has struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks since.

PTSD and pregnancy

The woman, who lives in South East London, experienced a miscarriage in October 2019. She fell pregnant for the second time in January.

“I had a missed miscarriage, meaning that I lost my first child at six weeks, but we didn’t find out until the nine week scan,” she said. “After the miscarriage I didn’t expect this level of anxiety. Every time I walk into a hospital, the memories of what happened just came flooding back,” she said. “I’ve still struggled with

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