Statistics were revealed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showing that over 85 nursing home facilities in Arizona have confirmed cases of COVID-19 with over 129 confirmed deaths. The worst nursing home to be hit was the Sapphire Tucson Nursing home as it has 33 deaths on its own.
Across the United States, there have been over 126,400 cases of COVID-19 and 35,517 deaths in nursing homes alone. CMS has allocated $80 million for infection-control surveys.
An infection-control survey conducted early in April revealed that the Sapphire nursing home was rated as below average and it was stated they failed to implement infection control policies in a way that would protect their residents from the virus.
Their violations included:
- The improper use of gloves and masks
- The improper disposal of protective equipment
- Failure to have a proper stock of supplies
Officials claim that the nurses were not following proper protocol as they were taking off their masks while on the phone and the garbage cans were overflowing with used masks and gloves without any lids covering them. Not only that, but these overflowing bins were also placed right beside new and unused protective equipment.
The spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes is particularly dangerous because of how fatal the virus is to the elderly. When proper precautions are not followed, as in the case mentioned above, the chances of the virus spreading and causing many deaths is highly likely.
When should I call a nursing home attorney?
If a person has lost a parent or grandparent in a nursing home due to COVID-19, they may be eligible to make a legal claim against the facility. To hold the home accountable, a person must be able to prove that the staff and the facility acted negligently, and they failed to take proper measures to keep their residents safe.
If a person has evidence or they feel like the nursing home failed to do their job to protect their loved one from harm, they should connect with a lawyer to begin the legal process as soon as possible.
A person does not only have to lose their loved one to COVID-19 to make a claim. Even if a person feels like any sort of abuse has occurred, and they feel their relative is not being taken care of properly physically and emotionally, they should connect with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Arizona to help them file a proper complaint against the home and possibly have it investigated. A person may be entitled to financial compensation if a profoundly serious case of negligence is brought up that caused significant harm to the resident and their family members.