Why No Mention of Kei-Ai Los Angeles, the Number One Cumulative COVID-19 Death Facility West of the Mississippi?
Issued on February 16, this is a continuation of an ongoing investigation into the crisis in nursing homes related to COVID-19, the management of which has been dysfunctional in terms of proper oversight.
The new report takes a look at the evacuation of two nursing homes in Pasadena that exposed residents to life-threatening conditions during the pandemic also covered in a Daily News piece in February. It describes concerns of inspectors who complained that the safety of residents who live in nursing homes in L.A. County is compromised by pressures they face to prematurely close investigations and understate serious violations; makes the connection between chronically poor care and profiteering nursing home chains; and identifies systemic management failures that prevent the Department of Public Health’s Health Facility Inspection Division from prioritizing its work and from holding nursing homes accountable.
The report, which follows the first interim report issued in October 2020, which specified regulations confirming that Kei-Ai Los Angeles SHOULD NOT have been granted COVID-19 Receiver status due to more then 24 months of citations and violations prior to applying for the status. This report makes no mention of how deaths have continued to rise at the Kei-Ai facility in Lincoln Heights. The families and Japanese American community are awaiting answers as the COVID-19 death toll at Kei-Ai LA has now risen to 104: