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Florida has 12 nursing homes that serve as isolation centers, and four of those are in South Florida. When a hospital discharges a COVID-positive patient, it calls one of these facilities to see if the person can recover at an isolation center before going home. A patient must test negative twice before returning to their permanent nursing home or assisted living facility.


Since March, a majority of the COVID-19 deaths in Florida have come from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

The disease disproportionately affects seniors living in these facilities especially when they have pre-existing conditions, are isolated and sharing living spaces with others who may be infected, and receive care from staff who may be experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment. 

With more than 11,000 resident deaths, nursing homes have become the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis. Now, they're asking the federal government for help — $10 billion's worth of help.

Coronavirus Cases Suspected In 19 Long-Term Care Facilities In Florida

Mar 19, 2020
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The new coronavirus disease widened its attack on Florida’s most vulnerable population this week, with the announcement Wednesday that new cases were suspected or confirmed at 19 long-term care facilities.

The state would not identify the facilities or say where they were located. But one Fort Lauderdale facility may account for some of them.


Florida’s large population of senior citizens and people without health insurance make the state vulnerable to the threat posed by an outbreak of COVID-19. The number of cases in the state remain relatively small, but it has been growing as testing for the virus has grown.

Nearly 100 nursing homes and assisted living facilities were evacuated along Florida's East Coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian.


Four healthcare workers who police say “didn’t do enough” to care for patients after Hurricane Irma caused a Hollywood nursing home to lose power leading to the deaths of 12 people were formally charged Monday in connection with nine of the deaths, the Broward State Attorney’s Office announced.

The four former employees of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills who were charged were: Jorge Carballo, the facility’s administrator; Sergo Colin, a night shift nursing supervisor; Althia Meggie, a registered nurse; and Tamika Miller, a licensed practical nurse.

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On the Aug. 26, 2019 episode of Sundial:

Hollywood Nursing Home Arrests

It can be hard to quantify the problem of elder abuse. Experts believe that many cases go unreported. And Wednesday morning, their belief was confirmed by two new government studies.

The research, conducted and published by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, finds that in many cases of abuse or neglect severe enough to require medical attention, the incidents have not been reported to enforcement agencies, though that's required by law.

The Trump administration's decision to alter the way it punishes nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many facilities found to have endangered or injured residents.

Federal records show that the average fine dropped to $28,405 under the current administration, down from $41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office.


Authorities say a fire broke out in a South Florida nursing home, injuring two residents and a staff member.

Many Nursing Homes, ALFs Don’t Meet Power Requirements

Jun 3, 2018

Months after Gov. Rick Scott promised a hard line against nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, much of the industry is not in compliance with new rules as the state heads into the 2018 hurricane season.

Nursing Home Fined After Probe Of Resident's Care

May 25, 2018

A Sarasota nursing home has agreed to pay $26,000 in fines and increased licensure fees after the facility failed to notify the daughter of a resident that her mother’s health was deteriorating.

A family has filed a lawsuit alleging their 98-year-old grandmother died after a Palm Beach health care facility left her outside in 90-degree heat for more than five hours.

State Fines Assisted Living Facility In Hialeah Over Bedbugs

Mar 29, 2018
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State health-care regulators have fined a South Florida assisted living facility $1,000 for a bedbug infestation, according to state documents. 

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Justin Senior issued a final order this week against Lake Erswin LLC, which operates as South Hialeah Manor, after agency inspectors reviewed the records of eight patients and found that three of them were affected by bedbugs.