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As many of us were sheltering in place, not only for our own health but for the health of our most vulnerable neighbors — including senior citizens — it turns out that some such neighbors were suffering in other ways. Jackie Fortiér reports that in most nursing homes across L.A., residents haven’t been allowed to leave their buildings for the past five months.

L.A. County health officials estimate that between 25 and 35 complaints are filed from nursing home residents every week, some saying that the doors to their facilities are literally locked behind them if they venture out.

"It puts them in a terribly dangerous situation, without a place to stay during a pandemic," said Mike Dark, an attorney with the watchdog group California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. "Many of those people, especially ones without families, will become homeless."

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Coronavirus Updates: COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths are down to levels not seen since early June – but we must remain vigilant.

Human Rights In L.A.: Some nursing home residents say they haven’t been allowed to leave their buildings for the past five months. At the first four sites opened under L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" program, which is supposed to be an interim solution, only about one in four individuals who depart do so for permanent housing. An All Black Lives Matter mural on Hollywood Boulevard will become permanent this week.

College Life: Administrators at colleges across Southern California are seeing a new enrollment trend: an increasing number of students waiting until the last minute to sign up for classes. For the second time in recent years, a large water main broke on Sunset Blvd, flooding an underground parking structure at nearby UCLA.

The National Stage: Last week, we heard from a parade of Californians at the Democratic National Convention – don’t expect the same at the Republican Party gatherings in Jacksonville, FL. and Charlotte, N.C.

Here’s What To Do: Remember Kobe Bryant, celebrate a decade of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast, commemorate the Chicano Moratorium's 50th Anniversary, and more in this week’s best online and IRL events. Order takeout directly from your favorite local restaurant, or try an app other than the Big Four.

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A resident of an East L.A. nursing home looks out the window onto the street.

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