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County reports new coronavirus deaths at nursing homes for first time in 3 weeks

For the first time in three weeks, San Diego County reported new coronavirus deaths among residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities.

As of Wednesday, there have been 173 deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home staff and residents combined, up from 168 reported during the last two weeks. San Diego County reported 1,139 cases of novel coronavirus among nursing home residents and 729 cases among health care workers Wednesday, up from 1,103 and 717 last week.

One new outbreak in skilled nursing homes was reported by the county this week, bringing the total to 84 over the course of the pandemic. There are 20 nursing home outbreaks that are still deemed active, down from the 21 active ones reported last week.

Unlike community outbreaks that are defined as three or more linked cases from separate households, outbreaks in nursing homes only need one case among either residents or health care workers. An outbreak is considered inactive once no one at the facility has tested positive for novel coronavirus for at least two weeks.

According to the California Department of Public health database, 53 of the county’s 86 skilled nursing facilities have been approved to resume indoor visitations.

Only five facilities in the county haven’t recorded a single case among either residents or health care workers, according to the state’s database. They are Amaya Springs Health Care Center in Spring Valley, Arroyo Vista Nursing Center in San Diego, Monte Vista Lodge in Lemon Grove, Somerset Subacute and Care in El Cajon, and Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido.

Those looking for COVID-19 statistics or visitation information at a specific skilled nursing facility can view the online version of this story at http://bit.ly/SNFOct7 to search the full dataset.

Nursing home administrators were reminded Monday of their obligation to help residents

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LGI Homes Reports Record-Breaking September and Third Quarter 2020 Home Closings and Announces Plans to Host Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH) today announced 811 home closings in September 2020, up from 654 home closings in September 2019, representing year-over-year growth of 24.0%. In addition, the Company announced record-breaking quarterly home closings of 2,091 during the third quarter of 2020 compared to 2,003 home closings in the third quarter of 2019, a 4.4% increase year-over-year. The Company finished the first nine months of 2020 with a total of 5,931 home closings, a 14.6% increase over 5,175 home closings during the first nine months of 2019.

As of the end of September 2020, the Company had 110 active selling communities.

The Company expects to release financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 before the market opens on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Company expects to hold a conference call for investors and other interested parties on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the results and will provide additional guidance at that time.

A link to the live audio webcast will be provided through the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.LGIHomes.com under Events and Presentations. The call can also be accessed by dialing (855) 433-0929 for domestic participants or (970) 315-0256 for international participants. Participants should ask for the LGI Homes 2020 Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call or reference Conference ID 7865812. Those dialing in should do so at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call.

An archive of the webcast will be available for replay on the Company’s website for 12 months.

About LGI Homes, Inc.

Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, LGI Homes, Inc. engages in the design, construction and sale of homes in Texas, Arizona, Florida,

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Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Pressured to Surrender License Amid Investigations of Abuse, Reports A Case for Women

Kurn Hattin Voluntarily Gives Up License to Operate as a Residential Treatment Facility

In mid-September of this year, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was pressured to give up its license to operate as a residential treatment facility after an investigation by the Department for Children and Families uncovered that the school failed to report instances of sexual abuse, reports A Case for Women.

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Susan Knape, Founder of A Case for Women. (Photo: Business Wire)

And sadly, this investigation is only the tip of the iceberg. Dozens of former Kurn Hattin students have accused school staff and administrators of physical and sexual abuse, stretching back decades. According to documents associated with a pending lawsuit against Kurn Hattin, more than 60 children were allegedly assaulted by caregivers, administrators or peers at the school from the 1940s through 2019. Even worse, this is just one example of a systemic problem in these types of facilities across the country.

“While we are so glad to see something being done, it’s not enough,” said Susan Knape, founder of A Case for Women. “The accounts of abuse keep piling up, each more disturbing than the last. But now, survivors are stepping up and demanding Kurn Hattin be held accountable for covering up decades of horrendous abuse at the school. While we understand this can’t change what happened, it can help protect more children from being hurt.”

A Case for Women has an established history of helping educate men and women about their legal options for sexual abuse that occurred at institutions. ACFW helps expose systemic abuse inside such places and works to educate survivors about opportunities to hold those entities responsible through legal action. Whether the abuse was caused by Catholic clergy, a rideshare driver,

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Home prices up 4.8% in July, reports Case-Shiller Index

July Home prices rose 4.8% annually, up from a 4.3% gain in June, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.

The report reaffirms the trends of strong demand from homebuyers combined with historically low mortgage interest rates.

The 10-City Composite annual increase showed a 3.3% gain, up from 2.8% in the previous month. The 20-City Composite rose 3.9% annually, up from 3.5% in June.

Phoenix (+9.2%), Seattle (+7.0%) and Charlotte (+6.0%) reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 19 cities (excluding Detroit) in July.

“The strength of the housing market was consistent nationally – all 19 cities for which we have July data rose, with 16 of them outpacing their June gains,” says Craig J. Lazzara, MD and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Previously: Mortgage rates tick up but housing demand remains strong (Sept. 24)

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Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma areas counties are receiving a new home services contractors guide that – unlike other listings – provides a guarantee on the work of its companies. Best Pick Reports has a strong focus on supporting local businesses to help lessen the impact of the pandemic on the local economies of the Seattle and Tacoma areas.  They also understand that finding a trusted professional to complete home services and improvement projects can be tricky.

Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

Each Best Pick company has been thoroughly reviewed via an unparalleled, independent certification process. Inclusion in the guide is by invitation alone, and that invitation is extended only if a company has met strict qualifying criteria. Companies are not able to buy space in the guide or pay for a good rating – they are individually evaluated based on hundreds of customer interviews, must achieve an “A” rating and must have all licenses and insurance verified and up to date.

After spending a significant amount of time at home over the past several months, many homeowners may be thinking about home improvement projects they are ready to get started on – whether adding a home office, updating family spaces, adding a fresh coat of paint, or washing windows. In fact, recent research from National Association of Realtors shows that 67% of homeowners are either contemplating a remodeling project or have already spent money on one. 

Best Pick Reports includes recommended contractors in many different specialties, including electrical work, plumbing, heating/air conditioning, and painting. Homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas will receive their Best Pick Reports guide via U.S. mail, or they can access the directory online anytime.  Best Pick Reports’ referral guide stands behind the work of the professionals

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