Wrongful Death Under COVID-19Posted on: May 14, 2020
For example, an Intermediate Care Facility at Foster Creek in Portland, Oregon has come under fire over the last several weeks not simply because 30 people have died from COVID-19, but because, as a new lawsuit suggests, more than half of those people did not have to die, had the facility taken more careful measures to notify patients of an at-risk resident and to take careful precautions under the circumstances.
On April 16, state officials released an inspection report of the facility, noting employees did not wash their hands, failed to properly socially distance and were not trained in how to slow the spread of infection.
Over in Kansas City, a similar case wrongful death rose up last month when the Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation center failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 when it was evident that residents and staff were showing signs of fever and coughing, without adhering to social distancing guidelines. 27 people had died at the time of the lawsuit, accounting for nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in the city.
While individuals may squabble over their rights under quarantine, it is the responsibility of every health care facility to adhere to CDC guidelines and recommendations during the care of patients.