Most Of The CA Nursing Homes With Coronavirus Outbreaks Already Had Prior Health Violations
The coronavirus outbreak at the Rehabilitation Center of Santa Monica has been worse than most, with 12 employees and 24 patients infected, including nine fatalities, according to the Los Angeles County health department.
The center is one of 198 nursing homes in California where at least one patient has contracted coronavirus, according to pubic health records.
But this isn't the nursing home's first time dealing with health and staffing issues. A Kaiser Health News analysis found that the Santa Monica facility had lower-than-average staffing levels and a record of not always following basic staffing and infection control rules, long before coronavirus hit the U.S.
Many other California nursing homes with outbreaks also had major health violations in their past; including nurses or aides not washing their hands or wearing protective clothing around potentially contagious patients.
Kaiser Health News found that California nursing homes with coronavirus cases averaged 2.8 stars on Medicare's five-star overall quality rating, while other nursing homes averaged 3.5 stars.
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