Nursing Home Fined After Outbreak of Respiratory Illness Contributed to Four Deaths

A nursing home has been fined $2,000 after four residents died of pneumonia during an outbreak of viral respiratory illnesses at the home earlier this year. The outbreak affected nearly half of the home's 43 residents. state records show.

The state Department of Public Health released details of the fines last week. According to the report, officials waited nine days to report the outbreak. Less than a week later 20 residents and three staff members were ill. Four patients with additional underlying health problems died of pneumonia during the outbreak.

State officials say staff failed to implement infection prevention measures, did not sufficiently isolate the sick patients, and did not wear masks during the outbreak. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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