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COVID-19 Testing in SC Nursing Homes

Published on June 7th, 2020

Magnolia Manor-Greenwood nursing home has confirmed to FOX Carolina that dozens of its residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19. This facility is owned and operated by Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings, LLC now known as Hunt Valley Holdings LLC.  Those shell companies are owned by the infamous Murray Forman. The chain has a history of problems in South Carolina facilities including short-staffing, poor infection control, and mismanagement by related entities Fundamental Administrative Services and Fundamental Clinical and Operational Services.

In an emailed statement, Deena Emily with Magnolia Manor in Greenwood confirmed that delayed testing of the facility finally completed on May 22 caught the positive cases. Of the more than 200 tests conducted, at least 27 employees and 35 residents tested positive.

Upon information and belief, another Fundamental facility in South Carolina called Magnolia Manor-Inman also have discovered dozens of residents suffering from COVID-19.

Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma told reporters that hand-washing continues to be a challenge in some nursing homes and that many states — who are charged with determining compliance with federal standards— must double down on inspections.  Verma said 1 in 4 facilities had at least one COVID-19 case, and 1 in 5 reported at least one death. Nursing homes rated at 1 or 2 stars in the government’s 5-star rating system fared worse. About 12,500 of some 15,400 nursing homes had reported as of May 24.

Nearly 30,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 and more than 90,000 have fallen ill, as federal officials demanded states carry out more inspections and vowed higher fines for facilities with poor infection control. The incomplete numbers released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are certain to go higher, as only about 80% of nursing homes have self-reported.

Also, the federal data does not include assisted living facilities.  The numbers also showed a horrific toll among nursing home staffers, with more than 40,000 getting sick and at least 500 dying from the coronavirus so far.

 

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