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Inspector general investigating COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans' Home

Added 11-25-20 01:23:01pm EST - “A report from the U.S. The Department of Veterans Affairs detailed problems at a LaSalle Veterans' Home, including ventilation problems, ineffective hand sanitizer and a Halloween party staff reportedly attended.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Inspector general investigating COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A report from the U.S. The Department of Veterans Affairs detailed problems at a LaSalle Veterans' Home, including ventilation problems, ineffective hand sanitizer and a Halloween party staff reportedly attended.

The report, which was publicly released 90 minutes before a public hearing on the outbreak, followed a site visit by federal veterans affairs authorities nearly two weeks after an explosion of COVID-19 cases and several deaths at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home.

Several issues with staff behavior were raised in the report, including a Halloween party staff reportedly attended. Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia said there’s no proof there.

“We don’t have evidence to substantiate that, that was word of mouth,” Chapa LaVia said during a virtual Illinois Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing. “And of course, you need evidence and we do not have that evidence.”

There were other issues raised about staff not wearing masks properly and cross-contaminating gloves. Chapa LaVia said they are now issuing written notices for violations, something implemented after the inspection.

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