California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes…BUT only about half of those listed facilities have bothered to report the death to Cal/OSHA, the agency in charge of enforcing worker safety, according to the state records.
The failure to report the COVID-19 deaths — by as many as 64 nursing homes — exposes a significant FLAW in the state’s response to the pandemic. The state is unable to fully and properly track the spread of the disease in a workplace setting where, more than anywhere else in California, the virus is ruthlessly stalking employees and patients.
That makes nursing homes inherently more dangerous, worker advocates say, because it obscures where poor workplace conditions are seeding community outbreaks.
“The consequence is incredibly serious,” said Arnulfo De La Cruz, executive vice president at Local