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Investigation Reveals Patients With COVID-19 Commingled With Uninfected Patients In Hospitals, Nursing Homes Nationwide

  • September 11, 2020

Kaiser Health News (9/10, Jewett) reports that concerns over the failure to separate patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and nursing homes “have swept across the U.S., according to interviews, a review of government workplace safety complaints and health facility inspection reports.” The KHN investigation “found that dozens of nursing homes and hospitals ignored official guidelines to separate COVID patients from those without the coronavirus, in some places fueling its spread and leaving staff unprepared and infected or, in some cases, dead.” Patients with COVID-19 “have been commingled with uninfected patients in health care facilities in states including California, Florida, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, Maryland and New York.”