FBI and state investigators raided a Pennsylvania nursing home Thursday where hundreds of residents and staff members tested positive for coronavirus and dozens have died, authorities said.
According to NBC news, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state attorney general’s office and other agencies executed the search warrant at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center northeast of Pittsburgh, said Scott Brady, U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania’s Western District.
State Department of Health data show that 447 residents and staff members tested positive for the disease, and 73 people died. In late July, the nursing home announced that it had no cases for the first time since March. But its outbreak remains the worst in a Pennsylvania.
Authorities searched also the Mt. Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.This is another nursing home in the Pittsburgh area operated by the same company that owns Brighton, NBC affiliate WPXI reported.
Deeply troubling reports
Last month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the nursing home was under investigation. There were reports of “deeply troubling” conditions and practices.
“I can confirm that Brighton is one of the subjects of our criminal investigations”. He said there has been “neglect at the nursing homeduring the pandemic,” he tweeted.
Medicare records showed that state inspectors warned of lax sanitary conditions last year. These conditions could lead to the spread of infection and diseases. The Sept. 13, 2019 report found the nursing home did not have enough trained nurses. And that some residents were living in filthy conditions.