Number of Coronavirus Victims Continues to Increase at Miami-Dade Nursing Homes
Although many nursing homes across the state of Florida have made every effort to prevent their residents from contracting COVID-19, an alarming number of facilities are still reporting increasing numbers of affected residents. For instance, public health officials recently reported that deaths attributed to coronavirus at the Claridge House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Miami-Dade County doubled in the space of a single week.
While it is true that certain individuals, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, are already more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, some of thee deaths being reported at nursing homes could be the result of a facility’s failure to implement proper sanitation or social distancing procedures. For help determining whether your own loved one’s illness or death could have been avoided if the nursing home facility where he or she lived had used proper care, please contact one of our experienced coronavirus exposure lawyers who can explain your legal options.
Nursing Home Dangers
According to recent studies, as many as 43 percent of all COVID-19-related deaths have taken place in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Sadly, 59 of these deaths occurred in Florida, despite the precautions being taken by facilities across the state. For instance, in Florida, nursing home workers must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before they are allowed to enter a facility. On March 15th, the governor also banned nursing home visitation from the friends and family of residents and barred hospitals from discharging COVID-19-infected patients to long-term facilities.
While many nursing home administrators and employees were careful to implement these rules, many failed to do so or began implementing the measures too late, which has had tragic and devastating consequences for families across the state. Fortunately, negligent nursing homes and long-term facilities can be held liable for their failure to use reasonable care in protecting their residents from the virus, so if your loved one recently contracted COVID-19 at a nursing home, please call our office to learn more about your legal options.
COVID-19 Exposure Rates in Miami-Dade Nursing Home Facilities
According to the Florida Department of Health’s latest report, 163 deaths have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks at long-term care facilities in Miami-Dade County, including:
- Claridge House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center;
- Cross Gardens Care Center;
- Fair Havens Center;
- Golden Glades Nursing and Rehabilitation Center;
- Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center;
- Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc.;
- North Beach Rehabilitation Center;
- Palm Garden of Aventura;
- Ponce Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center;
- Regents Park at Aventura;
- Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon
- Signature Healthcare Center of Waterford;
- Silver Palm Assisted Living, LLC;
- Sinai Plaza Nursing and Rehab Center;
- Susanna Wesley Health Center;
- Unity Health and Rehabilitation Center; and
- University Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Inc.
Please contact our office today to learn more about COVID-19-related nursing home deaths in Florida.
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