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Denver cites 3 long-term care facilities over alleged COVID-19 violations

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Posted at 2:58 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 16:58:59-04

DENVER — Three long-term care facilities have been cited by the city of Denver over alleged violations related to COVID-19.

Operators for The Carillon at Belleview Station, The Argyle and Watermark at Harvard Square were issued notices of violations.

At The Carillon, city inspectors found several violations, including, failure to close all communal areas and failure to isolate all residents with probably or confirmed COVID-19 illness.

Inspectors observed a self-service cereal station in the memory care unit that did not appear to be closed. Communal areas, including the dining room and TV room, also appeared to be in use, according to the citations.

In one instance, the inspector saw three residents — two with confirmed COVID-19 cases and one being monitored for symptoms — outside of their rooms and walking through the halls of the memory care unit.

Seventeen residents at The Carillon have tested positive for COVID-19 and eight have died, according to the latest outbreak data from the state. Twelve staff members have tested positive.

At Harvard Square, inspectors found staff were improperly re-using personal protective equipment and moving COVID-positive patients to a unit with residents who were COVID-negative, the citations said.

Forty residents at Harvard Square have tested positive for COVID-19, and 15 have died, according to state data. Fifteen staff members have tested positive.

Staff at The Argyle were ordered to ensure social distancing and train staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment.

Two residents and a staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at The Argyle.