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The 64-page report launched Wednesday, Might 27, particulars a number of situations of employees and residents on the Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center not following coronavirus prevention pointers final month, placing all 43 facility residents, employees and personnel from outdoors entities in danger.
Together with the three deaths, virtually half of the residents examined constructive for the virus, and 7 have been hospitalized, in keeping with the report.
Moorhead Rehabilitation, at 2810 2nd Ave. N., disagrees with most of the well being division’s findings and plans to enchantment the report, nursing dwelling spokesman Jon Austin stated in a press release.
“The protection and well-being of our residents, employees and households stays our highest precedence,” he stated. “We are going to proceed to coordinate carefully with state and native well being authorities and can take further steps as wanted to help that dedication.”
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The Moorhead nursing home was amongst 4 in Minnesota that put its residents in “quick jeopardy,” the well being division stated. The opposite three have been Parkview Dwelling in Belview, Sauer Well being Care in Winona and the Villa at Bryn Mawr in Minneapolis.
Inspectors famous that residents, nursing employees and different facility staff didn’t routinely put on face masks earlier than the power confirmed its first case on April 2. That was greater than three weeks after Minnesota reported its first positive test and two weeks after the first Clay County resident tested positive for coronavirus.
The ability handed out masks after that, however there have been stories that residents improperly wore the face coverings. Employees didn’t advise them to regulate the masks, the report stated.
One resident who moved across the facility with no masks examined constructive for coronavirus, the report stated.
The ability additionally didn’t doc coronavirus screening, constant monitoring and isolation for some residents who confirmed signs, the well being division stated.
A resident who examined constructive for the virus was in a Fargo dialysis heart for an hour earlier than employees have been alerted she or he was contaminated, the report stated. The nursing dwelling additionally failed to tell the transportation firm in regards to the resident’s situation, and she or he rode in a automobile with one other resident whereas contaminated, the well being division stated.
The report didn’t title the dialysis facility or the transportation firm concerned.
The Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies, a part of the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies, has the ultimate say on whether or not nursing properties that don’t observe pointers will face civil penalties. It is unclear whether or not Moorhead Rehabilitation may face such punishment.
Scott Smith, a Minnesota Division of Well being spokesman, stated the company is working carefully with long-term care amenities to forestall the unfold of coronavirus. The company plans to carry nursing properties “accountable for implementing and sustaining the right an infection management practices to make sure the utmost safety for his or her residents and employees,” Smith stated in a press release.
“These amenities and their residents are significantly weak to outbreaks, which makes it essential for amenities to take swift and sustained actions to restrict the potential for introduction and unfold of the an infection,” he stated.
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