In accordance with an worker at Pelham Parkway Nursing Dwelling, a crew of well being division surveyors started auditing the ability on April 5. Whereas division steering “strongly encourages” all guests be examined earlier than coming into a nursing house facility in New York, the supply stated surveyors declined testing on-site. 4 days later, nursing house workers have been informed one surveyor had examined constructive with COVID and was quarantined.
Whereas the surveyors have been working collectively within the constructing, the opposite workers members didn’t quarantine and continued working throughout the constructing, the supply stated.
State well being division officers stated its workers surveyors are examined twice weekly and have been speedy examined offsite – and detrimental – on April 7, their final day visiting the ability. Additionally, all of the surveyors have been cleared after the ability carried out a temparature screening after they arrived they usually worse surgical masks and face shields whereas on website, officers stated.
Regardless of the precautions, one surveyor started experiencing signs on April 7 and went to get a PCR check that got here again constructive, state well being officers stated. The well being division alerted the ability the subsequent day and speak to tracing was carried out instantly.
Officers claimed the contact tracing dominated out publicity to different facility workers and residents. Nevertheless, the entire facility – together with all 148 residents – needed to be examined per state pointers, based on the worker supply.
The supply expressed frustration that the well being division seems to be taking part in by a distinct algorithm, alleging that surveyors don’t want to indicate proof of a detrimental COVID check earlier than coming into the services. Additionally, workers would have preferred the division to have instantly deployed a brand new crew to switch the one which had been uncovered.
Up to now, not one of the residents or workers have examined constructive, however based on the supply, residents should check detrimental thrice in three weeks to obtain the “all clear.” Outside household visits have continued un-interrupted.
The division has been beneath intense scrutiny as federal prosecutors dig into Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration’s dealing with of nursing house information.
Final week, Fox Information reported the Division of Well being had been monitoring the situation of nursing house residents who died of COVID-19 since no less than April 2020, regardless of officers’ claims that these numbers couldn’t be “verified” for a report issued months later.