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Brius Healthcare fined more than $150,000

The Washington Post has published a scathing article detailing potentially deadly negligence at a Redding, California nursing home.

The article, published on New Year’s Eve, 2020 details why Windsor Care Center’s owner, Brius Healthcare, was fined more than $150,000.

“At Brius’s Windsor Redding Care Center in northern California, a nursing aide told a state inspector that she and a colleague, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, tended to patients in August without wearing face masks, according to an 18-page inspection report. The nursing aide said she soon fell ill with chills, aches and respiratory symptoms, but was asked to work anyway. She tested positive in early September after working at the home for three straight days, according to the inspection.

A second nursing assistant who had a cough and had lost her sense of taste also reported being told to come to work; she later tested positive, the inspection found. The home’s infection preventionist told the inspector that his recommendation to keep sick staff at home was “met with some resistance from administration.”

The home’s staffing coordinator also told the inspector that staff members had to deplete all of their sick and vacation time before tapping the coronavirus sick leave offered by the company. The coordinator was unaware the state had mandated paid leave, according to the inspection, which called the home’s sick leave policy “punitive.” -Washington Post, December 31, 2020

According to the state, the facility reported 90 coronavirus cases among residents and staff since August. Twenty-two residents have died.

“These care centers have an obligation to keep their residents safe.” Says founding partner Gary Haslerud of Haslerud Law Office. “The CDC offered clear guidelines for these providers to follow. Not following them could subject their residents to terrible suffering and even death. That’s not acceptable.”

If you have a loved one who died as a result of COVID-19 in a California nursing home you may be entitled to compensation. Haslerud Law will provide you with a free, no obligation case review for your coronavirus lawsuit.

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