It was recently uncovered that an Illinois nursing home did not isolate residents with COVID-19, thus receiving “the most serious citation available to regulatory agencies.” The nursing home, titled Integrity Healthcare of Smithton, reportedly “kept six residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in the same rooms as residents who tested negative for the disease.”
It has become evident that nursing home residents “are among the most vulnerable to the virus,” are are “more likely to become severely ill after contracting it.” The county in which the nursing home is located reported “131 of the 231 COVID-19 deaths countywide” were from long-term and elder care facilities. A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that a citation of this level was “not common,” and followed “seven complaints that had been filed” against the facility. The investigation of the facility resulted in 9 violations. Meanwhile, the facility complained that they are understaffed, leading to the violations.
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