State orders closure of Norwich nursing home – USA DAILY NEWS

State orders closure of Norwich nursing home

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) — A Norwich nursing home has been ordered to close due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

State Sen. Cathy Osten confirmed to Channel 3 that the state was preparing to sign an order on Wednesday that would shut down the Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich.

Residents will be moved to other licensed nursing homes.

This comes after the state’s Department of Public Health released findings last month from an investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.

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The Dept. of Public Health had announced the issuance of a statement of deficiency for the Three Rivers Nursing home last month.

Since July 24, DPH officials said at least 21 residents and six staff members at the nursing home became infected with COVID-19.

Four of the infected residents died.

During the investigation, some of the citations DPH officials found included: failure to use protective equipment, failure to appropriately cohort residents to prevent the spread of the illness, and failure to maintain an accurate outbreak listing.

The investigation began on Aug. 17, which included daily visits, reviews of facility records, and interviews with multiple residents and staff at the facility.

See the full report by clicking here.

In a statement on Wednesday, the JACC Health Center of Norwich, which operates Three Rivers Health Care, said “This is a challenging time for Three Rivers Health Care, our residents and our staff. Since the initial COVID outbreak, we have been cooperating with the State Department of Public Health to bring our facility into full compliance with state and federal regulations, including the engagement of a Temporary Manager to oversee the facility. Following an initial assessment, the Temporary Manager concluded that bringing the facility back into substantial compliance within the timeframe mandated by regulatory bodies was not feasible due to a number of concerns, including the absence of critical staff. Citing the Temporary Manager’s assessment, the Commissioner of Public Health has ordered that all residents be transferred to other facilities that can safely meet their needs. Under these circumstances we support this order. Our priority now is acting safely and swiftly to relocate our residents to other homes, working closely with their families and loved ones.”

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