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Illinois nursing home fined for COVID-19 safety violations By Reuters


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By Daniel Wiessner

(Reuters) – A Illinois nursing facility was fined $83,000 after failing to safeguard its staff against COVID-19. This is the maximum penalty for a U.S. safety rule regarding healthcare worker safety that was implemented during the pandemic.

According to a statement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), which is part of the Labor Department, West Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was found to have six violations during a July inspection. This included failing to make sure that the N95 respirators were properly fitted and used.

Last year, COVID-19 claimed the death of a Bloomingdale staffer at the facility with 249 beds.

OSHA adopted in June an emergency rule that required healthcare providers to implement measures to safeguard workers against COVID.

“After more than a year of fighting this pandemic, employers should know the procedures to minimize workers’ risk of exposure and take every precaution,” said Jake Scott, OSHA’s area director.

An immediate response was not received from the facility to our request for comment.

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