US seniors home evacuated due to COVID-19 as majority of staff fail to show up for work

Muskoka Post Staff

A California seniors home was forced to evacuate Wednesday after a majority of its staff failed to show up to work for the second consecutive day due to dozens of positive COVID-19 cases at the home.

Residents of the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, California, were evacuated one by one in ambulances which took them to other care facilities in the area.

According to public health at the time of the evacuation, the centre was looking after more than 80 patients, 34 of whom have tested positive for coronavirus.

Nursing homes and other long-term care centres in the US have been hit particularly hard by coronavirus, which poses much higher risks to elderly people and those with underlying health conditions. In recent months, facilities have reported struggling to contain the spread of covid-19 among patients.

Riverside County officials say they do not yet know why many of Magnolia’s staff members stopped showing up for shifts. Health officials said they are concerned that the employees’ actions “could rise to the level of abandonment.” According to a news release from the county on Tuesday, only one certified nursing assistant out of the 13 scheduled to work showed up, which prompted facilities nearby to send more than 30 of their own nurses to the centre, according to a news release from the county. According to most recent figures, Riverside County has 1,179 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 32 reported deaths.

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