A California hospital is facing a possible fine of $43,000 from county health officials for allegedly delayed reporting of the Covid-19 super hammock incident related to inflatable Christmas tree costumes.
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente denied on Tuesday any delays in reporting Covid-19 cases related to a Christmas party in the emergency room of the San Jose Medical Center.
In a statement to NBC News, Kaiser Permanente said: “Any suggestions we make other than reporting are inaccurate, adding that it “has been involved in multiple states regarding COVID-1
The fine for each positive case reported last Tuesday was $1,000, but since the beginning of January, the number of infections related to Christmas events has surged from 43 to 90.
As of Tuesday, county health officials said they had counted 77 employees and 15 patients related to the incident. A staff member died.
The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health said the first 43 cases were not known until news reports last week.
The department said in a statement: “Kaiser Permanente failed to report any such cases in the county’s site case and contact information reporting portal as required by the public health order issued on October 5.”
Earlier this month, Kaiser Permanente stated that the inflatable Christmas tree costume (although it has not been clearly determined to be linked to the epidemic, but the county health officials have clarified it) is an innocent move, “just trying to be under pressure. Boost the spirits of those around you…”
The organization said they are reviewing the citations in Santa Clara County and will respond before the deadline on Friday.
According to the California Department of Public Health, as of Tuesday, the intensive care unit in Bay Area hospitals was 95% full.
In recent days, in California alone, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has rapidly reached 3 million, and Governor Gavin Newsom has been increasingly criticized for slowly launching a coronavirus vaccine in the state. .