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Staff no-shows, deaths hit California nursing homes amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted by Nguyen Nga on April 9, 2020
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  • RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A Southern California nursing home where nearly three dozen residents have the coronavirus was evacuated Wednesday after staff members failed to show up to work while six infected residents have died at a nursing home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The 84 patients at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside were moved to other nursing facilities in the area after many employees failed report for work for the second day in a row, Riverside County public health officials said. The number of absences wasn’t clear, but only one certified nursing assistant out of 13 scheduled to work showed up.

    The evacuation occurred a day after the county was notified that five employees and 34 residents at the 90-bed facility had tested positive for the virus, said Brooke Federico, a spokeswoman for the county’s public health agency. The county initially sent nurses to help but was forced to evacuate the center as the shortage persisted.

    No one at the facility could be reached for comment. A message was left on a number listed for the center’s administrator.

    “Nationwide all of our health care workers are considered heroes, and they rightly are,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer. “But implicit in that heroism is that people stay at their post.”

    Kaiser said it’s up to state regulators to determine if the workers are punished for abandoning patients.

    Bruce Barton, director of the county’s Emergency Management Department, made an impassioned plea for volunteers to work at nursing facilities, promising those who sign up will get adequate safety equipment and malpractice coverage.

    “We are in immediate need for help to care for our most vulnerable patients,” Barton said. “Please come join us.”

    As the number of coronavirus cases grows in California, nursing homes are a particular concern because of the age and health conditions of residents, and their close living arrangements. Outbreaks have been reported in facilities throughout the state, and dozens of residents have died.

    In San Francisco’s East Bay region, six residents at Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward have died, Alameda County health officials announced Wednesday. They were among 35 residents and 24 staff who tested positive at the facility.

    Read more here https://nypost.com/2020/04/08/coronavirus-causes-staff-no-shows-deaths-at-california-nursing-homes/

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A Southern California nursing home where nearly three dozen residents have the coronavirus was evacuated Wednesday after staff members failed to show up to work while six infected residents have died at a nursing home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The 84 patients at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside were moved to other nursing facilities in the area after many employees failed report for work for the second day in a row, Riverside County public health officials said. The number of absences wasn’t clear, but only one certified nursing assistant out of 13 scheduled to work showed up.

    The evacuation occurred a day after the county was notified that five employees and 34 residents at the 90-bed facility had tested positive for the virus, said Brooke Federico, a spokeswoman for the county’s public health agency. The county initially sent nurses to help but was forced to evacuate the center as the shortage persisted.

    No one at the facility could be reached for comment. A message was left on a number listed for the center’s administrator.

    “Nationwide all of our health care workers are considered heroes, and they rightly are,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer. “But implicit in that heroism is that people stay at their post.”

    Kaiser said it’s up to state regulators to determine if the workers are punished for abandoning patients.

    Bruce Barton, director of the county’s Emergency Management Department, made an impassioned plea for volunteers to work at nursing facilities, promising those who sign up will get adequate safety equipment and malpractice coverage.

    “We are in immediate need for help to care for our most vulnerable patients,” Barton said. “Please come join us.”

    As the number of coronavirus cases grows in California, nursing homes are a particular concern because of the age and health conditions of residents, and their close living arrangements. Outbreaks have been reported in facilities throughout the state, and dozens of residents have died.

    In San Francisco’s East Bay region, six residents at Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward have died, Alameda County health officials announced Wednesday. They were among 35 residents and 24 staff who tested positive at the facility.

    Read more here https://nypost.com/2020/04/08/coronavirus-causes-staff-no-shows-deaths-at-california-nursing-homes/

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