We first want to offer our condolences to all the families and friends of those involved. We understand that the loss of a loved one during this devastating pandemic is heartbreaking, and seeking answers is understandable. We want everyone to know that our team worked diligently to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus. Our actions were taken in close coordination with the County health department and State leaders to ensure we were following the latest guidelines from the CDC – these guidelines have evolved and continue to evolve as experts learn more about the virus. Given the novel nature of COVID-19 and the ability of asymptomatic individuals to unknowingly infect others, we believe our team took reasonable actions with the resources and information available to us at the time.
Now, to second guess those on the front lines battling a mysterious virus who were doing what they could to save lives, just doesn’t feel like a path to justice. If that is the route we choose to take, then skilled nursing facilities all across the country will be facing a new crisis that threatens the industry’s ability to minister to those in need of the care and services it provides.
For members of the media, we would request that this entire statement be shared in any coverage on this case.