84 nursing home residents evacuated after employees don’t show up for work

Grant Boone
April 9, 2020

The 84 patients at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be moved to other locations throughout the county.

Brighton Rehab has refused to answer questions from reporters, and is not releasing any information on the number of infection patients in its care or about how many have died at the facility.

According to Public Health, the skilled nursing facilities that will receive patients will undergo standard COVID-19 containment measures. Like other health care providers, nursing homes need a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

If the patients are well enough they may potentially be sent home instead of being transferred elsewhere.

Nursing homes must report coronavirus cases to the Alabama Department of Public Health, but those reports are confidential under state law.

County employees at the facility Wednesday morning notified family members of the evacuation.

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Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, said that seniors are at great risk of contracting COVID-19.

She said federal and state officials had issued similar guidance.

'But I also know there are many families who are faced with the frightful reality that they can not effectively care for a person in their home either'. At the time of this writing, five people from the facility have died, according to The Times. Across the country, nursing homes have been among the hardest hit of all facilities, with outbreaks often spreading to dozens of vulnerable residents.

Ten of the more than 300 employees had been infected with the virus, the outlet said.

"Our hearts go out to folks who are losing loved ones everywhere, anywhere, but particularly in long-term care facilities", Murphy said.

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