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Staffing Meltdown At Riverside Nursing Home

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More than 50 ambulances took patients from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to other facilities on April 8, 2020. (Screenshot of video from Riverside University Health System)
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After 83 patients at a Riverside County nursing home had to be evacuated Wednesday when much of the staff failed to show up for two days, the county's top public health official had stern words.

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said:

"Nationwide, all of our health care workers are considered heroes and they rightly are. … But implicit in that heroism is that people stay at their posts. I am concerned that this could rise to the level of abandonment no matter how justified their reasoning might be," he said of the absent nursing home workers."

Kaiser said it would be up to the state licensing board to investigate the incident.

We take a deeper look at what led up to the emergency situation at Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where at least 34 residents and 16 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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