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Seven children die after virus in skilled nursing and rehab facility

Seven children have died from adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.

According to CNN, the health department was notified of the illness at the facility on October 9, and letters were sent to parents October 19. The children affected were medically fragile and have severely compromised immune system. There are more patients who are currently sick with the virus.

CMS had given the facility two starts on its health inspection rating, but five stars on its staffing and quality measures. The facility has also not received any fines in the last three years, according to Nursing Home Compare. The August 20, 2018 health inspection report included six citations. One citation was a failure to “Provide and implement an infection prevention and control program” resulting from a clinician who did not wash his or her hands after picking up a pill off the floor, and a catheter bag with a hole in it that was attached to a urinal.

Another citation was a failure to honor a resident’s right to a safe, clean and comfortable and homelike environment,” and specifically cited stains and odors from hallways carpeting.

The facility has a Pediatrics Center, but offers skilled nursing and therapy to both pediatric and adult populations, and offers hospice care as well.