LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than half of the residents in a Henderson nursing home contracted COVID-19, in line with the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Out of the reported 104 residents with COVID-19, 29 died.
Now the granddaughter of a lady who died says she wants answers after her household was stored at the hours of darkness.
The I-Team’s Vanessa Murphy tells us what she discovered about this case.
Next week would have been Maxine Williams’ ninetieth birthday.
Her granddaughter says she understands there’s a pandemic and persons are going to catch COVID-19, however she has questions on how the nursing home where her grandmother lived dealt with the scenario.
“My grandmother died alone, in the hospital by herself,” mentioned Erinn Jones.
Maxine Williams died of COVID-19, in line with her demise certificates.
Jones says her 89-year-old grandmother had dementia and was a resident at Del Mar Gardens in Henderson.
On July seventeenth, her household acquired a name that Williams was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
“They didn’t know what hospital she went to,” Jones mentioned. “All they could tell us was she went by ambulance.”
After a number of calls, Jones says she was capable of affirm her grandmother was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena Campus, where she died.
“They sent her to the hospital Friday afternoon. She passed away in the emergency room a couple of hours later. She didn’t even make it to be admitted.”
Jones has questions in regards to the days main as much as her grandmother’s demise.
The I-Team has examined 130 pages of medical information that the household says they obtained from Del Mar Gardens:
- On July 8, Williams had a cough and was prescribed medication.
- On July 13, she was examined for COVID-19.
- The cough was on-and-off by means of July 15.
- On July 16, check outcomes got here again constructive for COVID-19. By then, Williams had a low-grade fever. She was given a nasal cannula for assist respiratory and information present she was so uncomfortable that she was moaning.
- On July 17, her oxygen stage dropped to 75. Medical workers famous that 90 to 100 is regular.
That’s when an ambulance as known as.
“How did it get that bad?” Jones asks.
According to information, workers reached out to the household six instances over the course of the 9 days to supply updates, however the household disputes that.
Jones additionally says the household was not allowed to speak with Williams by cellphone or Facetime as requested.
“There was something going on that they weren’t telling us about,” she says.
The attending doctor recognized in medical information is Dr. Charles McSwain. It is unclear from these information whether or not he examined Williams in particular person earlier than she was taken to the hospital.
When reached by cellphone, Dr. McSwain informed the I-Team that in that point he was not making common visits. He declined to remark additional.
The I-Team additionally obtained state inspection information for Del Mar Gardens.
The month Williams died of the virus, there was one violation with at least six totally different elements, in line with the Department of Health and Human Services.
This report dated July 1 states the power didn’t have enough an infection prevention and management.
Records point out that one resident who was being monitored as a consequence of a fever and cough was in a room with a resident who had no COVID-19 signs. Their beds have been two toes aside.
The report additionally famous disinfectant cleaner not getting used correctly and laundry workers not sporting correct personal protecting tools (PPE).
“In hindsight, it kind of felt like she really didn’t have a chance to not get infected,” Jones mentioned.
By Aug. 13, Del Mar Gardens offered retraining and made modifications to deal with the deficiencies, in line with paperwork.
No deficiencies have been present in two further visits.
As of Feb. 19, the state experiences that 58% of the residents at Del Mar Gardens contracted COVID-19, and 29 of them died.
“I just want someone to be held responsible,” Jones mentioned.
I reached out to Del Mar Gardens. I known as the nursing home thrice since December and I additionally reached out to the company office thrice. My calls weren’t returned and no assertion was offered.
We will proceed to observe the story and produce you updates.