Violations at Nursing Home Where Virus Outbreak Killed 19 Outlined in 450-Page Report

Southeast nursing and rehab (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO – State officials released several reports detailing the violations found at a local nursing home where 18 residents and one staff member died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to the report, released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, looked into 14 complaints and 12 reported incidents at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation.

The investigation by state officials in May found the facility was not compliant with local and state rules in several categories, including quality of life, quality of care, infection control, pharmacy, and resident rights.

Investigators found in at least one case, that family members were never informed of a patient’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

“Not all competent resident and/or responsible parties were notified of their positive COVID-19 status per the order issued by the City,” the report states.

In several other instances, staffers were allowed to continue working even as they awaited the results of their coronavirus tests.

“The facility policy for COVID-19 read if staff were ill they were to self-isolate at home. Based on interviews this did not occur,” according to investigators’ assessments.

In all, 74 residents and 28 staff members would eventually test positive at the facility. Nineteen, including 18 resident patients and one staff member, died.

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