Massive fine for SA nursing home housing COVID patients after state investigation uncovers long list of safety violations
Photos taken of Richard Isenhour by River City staff show his emaciated state shortly before he was taken to a hospital. Another patient, identified in state records as Resident #1, was left alone in a room for 5-10 minutes after nurses thought they had stabilized him. The man later died, HHSC records confirm. A new outdoor air conditioning compressor-condenser unit was installed July 6, state records show. Six other nursing homes in Bexar County have had more residents die of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic than River City, HHSC records show.
Lawsuit: Nurse fired for reporting cooling issues at San Antonio nursing home for COVID patients
The suit, filed July 24, accuses management of River City Care Center of negligence and retaliation. A retaliation lawsuit filed against River City Care Center claims excessive heat Fourth of July weekend caused multiple residents severe medical distress. (KSAT)The nurses attorney, Andrew Skemp, said there is mounting evidence that residents at River City were not cared for properly. We understand that HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) remains on-site doing intensive work with River City. With River City specifically, its not so much that there was an outbreak of coronavirus.
San Antonio nursing home housing COVID-19 patients reduces number of residents in effort to improve care
SAN ANTONIO City officials confirmed Thursday the East Side nursing home designated earlier this year to house COVID-19 positive patients has reduced its number of residents. We understand that HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) remains on site doing intensive work with River City. The facility has intentionally reduced the number of residents it is serving so they can provide attentive care to a smaller number of patients. Seven residents at River City have died from COVID-19 complications since the start of the pandemic. River City was one of two San Antonio nursing homes chosen in April to house COVID-19 positive patients.
Families, staff describe hot conditions for COVID-19 overflow patients at East Side nursing home
SAN ANTONIO Staff at an east San Antonio nursing home designated earlier this year to house COVID-19 positive patients say elevated room temperatures over the weekend caused medical distress for a number of patients, at least two of whom later died. This should never happen to anybody again.Family members of Doria said Friday he was taken to River City last month after briefly being hospitalized with mild COVID-19 symptoms. Dorias family said they learned Monday that after temperatures inside River City became hot on Saturday, he developed a high fever, his blood pressure went down and his breathing became heavy, deep and fast. Instead, Aguirre said she remained at River City because of a clerical error. Aguirre said he went to River City Saturday after his mother complained that temperatures inside the facility had become unbearable.
28 New Coronavirus Cases in Bexar County, 21 in Jail
Bexar County now has 1,195 cases of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 28 positive test results, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Friday. Though the daily increase of overall Bexar County coronavirus cases shrank Friday, positive cases at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center jumped by 21, the largest number reported at the facility so far. There are now 57 inmates at the jail who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Bexar County Sheriffs Office. The 21 inmates who most recently tested positive were asymptomatic, the sheriffs office said Friday. They were tested after several inmates from the same living unit tested positive.therivardreport.com
San Antonio Fire Station 14 to remain closed due to COVID-19 infections
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio fire station where six firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 will remain closed until the quarantine period is over for 41 personnel, SAFD Chief Charles Hood said Tuesday during a special City Council meeting. 14 has been cleaned professionally, and work is pending on air conditioning ducts and other station maintenance issues, Hood said. You can view Hood’s Power Point presentation below:Metro Health Director, Dr. City Attorney, Andy Segovia, also presented a Power Point presentation to the city council. The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.
Feds Flag Five San Antonio Nursing Homes for Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The listings also include ratings of nursing homes based on health inspections, quality and staffing levels.All five local facilities flagged for abuse and neglect also had poor ratings on the Nursing Home Compare system. Of the 68 San Antonio nursing homes listed, more than two-thirds rated below or much below average, according to the' analysis. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com