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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 131448.015 Event: 11/21/2020Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
On November 21, 2020, an employee who had worked as a Certified Medication/Nursi ng Assistant died from a COVID-19 infection. The employee worked on a staff of 6 1 that provided nursing care at a 74-bed skilled nursing facility. The facility did not have any known COVID-19 positive cases in residents or staff from the on set of the pandemic until the end of October 2020. A coworker was exposed to COV ID-19 at church after close contact with a member, who later tested positive aft er the employee was diagnosed. The coworker began showing mild COVID-19 symptoms on Friday October 23rd, 2020, five days following the exposure incident at chur ch. The coworker who tested positive was the facility's sole activity director a nd a Certified Nursing Assistant whose job duties involved working in close prox imity to coworkers and residents, including the employee, on October 23rd and Oc tober 26th before receiving a rapid COVID-19 test. The coworker tested positive for COVID-19 while at still at work on Monday, October 26, 2020, and was removed from the workplace for quarantine. This represented the first known case of COV ID-19 in this facility. N95 respirators were available but not routinely worn du ring the exposure timeline from October 23, 2020, to October 26, 2020. Following the first reported confirmed case, 11 additional coworkers and approximately 37 residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the next two weeks. The employee te sted positive for COVID-19 on November 2, 2020; 7 to 10 days following potential exposure to the first positive COVID-19 case within the facility.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1504533.015 Fatality Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

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