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16 COVID-19-Related Deaths Have Occurred At Amador County Nursing Home

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At least 16 residents have suffered COVID-19-related deaths at Kit Carson Nursing and Rehab Center in Jackson, CA, according to a state data dashboard.

The dashboard also states that the nursing home has seen a total of 51 “cumulative positive residents.” 12 residents at the nursing home died within a week in August, and the outbreak at the nursing home has infected 90 people in total, which represents almost 40% of Amador County’s infections.

State and federal records show the nursing home has a history of violations which have been uncovered by inspections. A federal government website gives it a two star rating out of five stars and gives it a one star rating for health inspections.

A September 2019 inspection of the nursing home generated 24 health citations, according to the Sacramento Bee. An inspector found that employees didn’t wash their hands properly while tending to open wounds and didn’t use proper personal protective equipment when tending to a resident who had a draining surgical incision in their groin. The inspector found that staff failed to change a catheter, for 12 days, which needed to be replaced every week.

The inspector also saw multiple employees using pill cutters covered with other drugs’ residue when handling residents’ drugs, which is a violation of the infection prevention guidelines at the nursing home.

Kit Carson transferred a rehabilitating resident back to Amador Residential Care in late July without staff or officials telling ARC that Kit Carson had positive COVID-19 cases, according to Ron Regan, managing executive director for AssistCare Communities of Amador County.

The resident tested positive for COVID-19 at a hospital within around a week of the transfer, then died. Regan said at least five employees and one other resident at ARC have tested positive for COVID-19 since the transfer.

Regan said he thinks Kit Carson violated ethical and health industry standards as well as California’s mask mandate while handling the transfer.

Regan wrote that the resident and the Kit Carson attendant who was with her weren’t wearing a mask at some point during the transfer, which would be a violation of California’s June 18 mask mandate.

In other news, Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, CA is being sued for wrongful death over the death of a man who caught COVID-19 and died. The lawsuit alleges that staff failed to take appropriate safety measures and were allowed to work after testing positive for the virus or showing symptoms of the virus.

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