Buffalo nursing home hit with biggest state fine from Covid-19 violations | Local News

Since March 1, the month confirmed infections from the virus hit New York, the state…

Buffalo nursing home hit with biggest state fine from Covid-19 violations | Local News

Since March 1, the month confirmed infections from the virus hit New York, the state Health Department has conducted 1,845 infection control inspections and issued 95 citations at 77 of the more than 600 nursing homes in the state.

In addition to the fines already issued, more are on the way, according to Health Department spokeswoman Jill Montag.

The $328,000 in penalties, she said, “only represents a portion of the total number of cases for which we are actively pursuing fines.”

Montag added, “The Department will continue to hold providers who violate regulations accountable for their actions.”

Richard J. Mollot, a national advocate for residents in long-term care facilities, pointed out that the federal government required all states to conduct the infection control inspections for Covid-19 or face cuts in federal funding.

“I’m glad the state is imposing penalties for violations. It is literally a matter of life and death for residents. The issue of proper infection control and prevention has been a persistent and widespread issue in nursing homes,” said Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition in New York City.

Much of the proper infection control procedures, he said, “come down to hand washing and changing personal protective gear. It is not brain surgery.”