HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Wolf administration said it is continuing its efforts mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.
“Throughout this pandemic, the Department of Health and our partners have worked tirelessly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially in vulnerable communities like long-term care facilities,” Secretary of Health Dr. Levine said. “Our ongoing mitigation efforts are working to stop this virus before spreading further and we will not stop as long as COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities. We will continue to do everything in our power to provide support and resources to facilities for their staff and residents to ensure they are safe from this dangerous virus.”
A state Department of Health reports says inspectors found staff without masks, failed to use social distancing and improperly disinfected items.
In addition, a report said the nursing home administered hydroxychloroquine to residents without state approval - something the medical director of the facility denies.
U.S. Representative Conor Lamb is calling for an investigation into Pennsylvania's oversight of the coronavirus outbreak at Brighton Rehab.
In early July, Secretary Levine said the number of cases in long-term care facilities "is directly correlated to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the county where it was located. So, that really has been the driving force behind the number of cases that we saw."
Brighton was the hardest hit long-term care home in PA during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.