“There needs to be more focus on this. We owe it to our parents, to our loved ones, to our society,” she said. “I think we need to be an advocate for them because these are the people who are the most vulnerable and they can’t talk for themselves.” “I’m going with a leap of faith, and I’m removing my mother from the Hilltop Nursing Home,” Butler said. “The thought of never seeing my mother again and her potentially dying without me ever getting to say goodbye or hold her hand again broke my heart.” (WBNG) — Francine Butler of Endicott says her mother has been living at the James G. Johnston Nursing Facility at the United Methodist Home’s Hilltop Campus in Johnson City for a year and a half, but starting Saturday she will be caring for her mother at her own home. Butler says she is taking her mother out of the facility after multiple individuals associated with the Hilltop Assisted Living Facility, also located at the campus tested positive for COVID-19. Butler says she doesn’t dispute this claim, nor does she blame the nursing home for the current situation. “We have implemented every possible measure following all CDC, CMS, and Dept. of Health guidelines to contain and prevent the spread. To date, it remains confined to one area and the unit remains on isolation with strict adherence to all infection control protocol. We also have ample supply of PPE for the protection of our staff and residents,” the statement read in part. “I don’t fault Hilltop,” she said. “Their hands are tied about the testing of the aids and the people coming in. They can’t control that.” That’s why Butler says she is urging the government to step in and shine the spotlight on nursing homes. A state survey says 19 of the state’s nursing homes reported 20 or more deaths linked to the pandemic. Butler says she made her decision in part because she feels nursing homes across the state aren’t doing enough testing. “If these are hot spots, then we need to do something different. We need to approach the problem differently and not just treat them like the rest, because right now the testing in nursing homes is no different than if you just came off the street into a doctor’s office,” she said. Ron Patti, executive director of the Hilltop campus, told 12 News in a statement: For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MOVES THEY COULD MAKEWith so many questions about their top starters, the Angels certainly could use another established arm to provide some insurance. Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb are still sitting on the free-agent market. Any of them would upgrade the rotation. The Angels seem unlikely to spend $15 million to $20 million a year, and a second-round draft pick, for one of these pitchers. The next level of free-agent options includes pitchers like Andrew Cashner and Jaime Garcia, whose performances and injury histories carry red flags. If they are to add another starter, it is more likely to be another young starter with options. Ideally, they could find another Bridwell. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. Today, the starting rotation:2017 RECAPFor the second consecutive season, the Angels rotation was ravaged by injuries. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney and Matt Shoemaker — arguably their four most talented starters — all missed significant chunks of the season. In Heaney’s case, it should be noted, the fact that he pitched at all after having Tommy John surgery in 2016 was an unexpected positive. Nonetheless, the Angels’ starters posted a 4.38 ERA, which was sixth in the league. JC Ramirez and Parker Bridwell were two of the pleasant surprises that helped keep them afloat.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Angels added one of the top starting pitchers on the market, winning the sweepstakes for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani (minor league deal). Ohtani has the stuff to be an ace, but he’s only 23 and has never pitched in the majors, so the Angels will try not to heap too much pressure on him. Part of that is the likely decision to go with some form of a six-man rotation, although off days could allow them to still use five at times. The Angels are hoping the extra rest also helps keep the other pitchers healthy. Expect Richards, Heaney, Skaggs and Shoemaker to join Ohtani in the rotation, with some combination of Ramirez (who can also pitch out of the bullpen), Bridwell, Nick Tropeano and prospect Jaime Barria filling in the blanks. It is a rotation full of potential. Of the seven pitchers who have pitched in the big leagues, all of them have been good in the majors for months at a time. Most of them have also had extended slumps, too, leaving each to prove his consistency.THE NEXT LAYERTroy Scribner, who managed a 4.18 ERA in his rookie season despite underwhelming stuff, is likely to be one of the first options at Triple-A, after Barria. Beyond that, the best starting pitching prospects who could reach the majors in 2018 are Jesus Castillo, Osmer Morales, Jake Jewell and Alex Klonowski.