Pleasant View COVID outbreak

Pleasant View Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Mount Airy reported Saturday that 66 of its residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the state’s first known outbreak in a nursing home.

MOUNT AIRY — A nursing home in Maryland is facing a $70,000 fine for not properly isolating newly admitted residents during two weeks in May to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

State health regulators fined Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where the virus infected 126 residents and staff members and caused 29 deaths, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday. The nursing home in Carroll County in April was the site of the state’s first major outbreak at nursing homes.

State inspectors found that newly admitted residents between May 7 and May 20 created an “immediate jeopardy” to the facility’s population because they were not properly isolated. This failure led to a $5,000-per-day fine.

Pleasant View’s administrator Rebecca Travels hung up on a newspaper reporter who sought comment from the facility on the inspectors’ findings.

Inspectors also found that one resident known to behave aggressively and experience hallucinations was placed in an area intended for people who were not infected with COVID-19. At that time, the test for that resident was pending and the person walked around the halls. The test eventually came back positive.

The report on the nursing home also states the facility did not have adequate staffing levels and failed to notify state health officials of the departure of its director of nursing, which is required by regulations.

Maryland has recorded 66,115 coronavirus cases, of which 1,104 were tallied in Carroll County.

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(7) comments

dancing donna

I cant imagine admitting any loved one in a nursing facility in the months of April or May.

Dwasserba

Well, sometimes it can't be avoided, my friend's husband had strokes, then clots, bounced between ICU (after improving) to rehab where he had another stroke so back to ICU where he was disconnected from life support. Which was the only time she was suited up to visit. At no time did this feel like there were better choices.

DickD

They shouldn't have taken in any new patients, especially not without quarantine, but that is what they were fined for. And if the Director was gone, who had authority? Good nursing home to not place your relatives in.

Smoleys

Is it really their fault, or is it the fault of our state government? Many Maryland lives would have been saved if nursing homes had simply been allowed to turn away new residents if they had indications of being contagious for COVID.

And imagine how many small businesses could have survived if our Maryland COVID deaths were cut by 50% and we didn’t have to shut down our economy.

jerseygrl42

becky sounds like a real sweetheart and why no mention of the owners ???

bosco

Sure does. [thumbup][ninja]

Dwasserba

What comment would be acceptable...

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