Dozens of nursing homes and hospitals ignored official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to separate COVID-19 patients from those without the virus, the September 10 Kaiser Health News reports.
A Kaiser Health News investigation found that nursing homes and hospitals ignored (CDC) guidelines to separate COVID-19 patients in facilities in California, Florida, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, Maryland, and New York.
The New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus in late April had COVID-19 and non-COVId-19 residents with dementia mingling in a day room. At the time, the Home had already reported COVID-19 infections in 119 residents and 46-virus related deaths.
Also in late April, an Iowa nursing home overrode the orders of a community physician to isolate several patients with fevers and falling oxygen levels. By mid-May, 61 patients had COVID-19 and nine died.
At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, where two nurses became ill and one died from the virus on July 17, COVID-19 patients were scattered throughout the hospital.
A July National Nurses United survey of more than 21,000 nurses found that 32% worked in facilities that did not have a dedicated COVID-19 unit.
Several reasons have been given for mixing COVID-19 with non-COVID-19 patients, including having limited tests, so patients carrying the virus are identified only after exposing others; false-negative test results; and being dismissive of federal guidelines.Read More >>