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Keys Nursing Home Didn’t Report 13 Deaths, Including 7 Possibly From COVID-19, Report Says

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David Goodhue
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Miami Herald/FL Keys News

A Florida Keys nursing home that has become a cluster for novel coronavirus cases did not report the deaths of 13 people at the facility to the state Department of Health, including seven people who were suspected to have possibly died from the disease, according to a report from the state agency that regulates nursing homes.

The report not only highlights the opaque nature of the communications between the facility’s management and state health officials, as well as relatives of those living inside, it adds confusion over the official number of people who have contracted COVID-19 — and died from it — in the Florida Keys.

The May 2 report, from the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees nursing homes in Florida, does not provide the dates for when the people died, but says their deaths were discovered when state inspectors reviewed the facility’s admission and discharge log during a recent unannounced visit.

Read more at our news partner, FL Keys News.