By now you may have heard that on Saturday, April 18, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis released a list of nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs) that have reported cases of COVID-19. Since then, the number of reported facilities with infected residents has continued to grow.
Given the nature of the communal living areas and weakened immune systems of the residents, ALFs are at high risk of COVID-19 spreading and affecting their residents. This news did not come as a shock, but rather a worst nightmare for families whose concerns were sparked when they were no longer allowed to visit and inspect the conditions of the ALFs.
As a result of the release of this list, the public concern for loved ones in nursing homes and ALFs has skyrocketed, and phone calls with questions have come flooding in here at the law firm Tragos, Sartes & Tragos.
So we put together a short video that answers some of the most common questions we’ve received.
If you have a loved one currently residing at one of the facilities listed, or you believe regulations or safety protocols haven’t been followed, we strongly advise you to contact our experienced Tampa injury lawyers today. We will discuss the rights of you and your loved ones, and help you develop an action plan to keep them safe.
List of nursing homes and ALFs with confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of April 19, 2020)
The list below includes the name of more than 30 facilities in the Tampa area (including Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties) that have reported cases of COVID-19:
- Freedom Plaza
- Inspired Living At Tampa
- Promise Pointe At Tampa Oaks
- Rocky Creek Village
- Grand Villa Of New Port Richey
- Royal Oaks Nursing Center
- Arc Of Tampa Bay: Al Hambra
- Arc Of Tampa Bay: Clearwater
- Arc Of Tampa Bay: Safety Harbor
- Bay Tree Center
- Belleair Health Care Center
- Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor
- Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg
- Heron House Of Largo
- Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center
- Inn At Freedom Square (The)
- Inn At Lake Seminole Square (The)
- Lakeside Oaks Care Center
- Manorcare Health Services Dunedin
- Masonic Home Of Florida
- Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center
- Palm Garden Of Clearwater
- Palm Garden Of Largo
- Pinellas Point Nursing And Rehab Center
- Regal Palms
- Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation & Nursing Services
- South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center
- St. Mark Assisted Living Center
- St. Mark Village
- Tierra Pines Center
Visit the Florida Health Department website for a full list of the more than 300 elderly care facilities across the state of Florida that have reported coronavirus cases.
It’s important to note that as more testing becomes available, the number of reported locations with confirmed cases is expected to grow. At this time, it appears immunity will not be granted to ALFs due to their negligence of reporting.
Yes, our knowledge of this virus and how it is affecting our community is rapidly changing, but the priority and safety of those at high risk should not.
If you or your loved one contracted COVID-19 in a nursing home, elderly care center or assisted living facility, schedule your free consultation with one of our Tampa nursing home neglect lawyers today.
Additional resources and news
- COVID-19 cases in Florida elder care facilities: Here’s a breakdown (Tampa Bay Times)
- Nursing home industry, already granted favors by DeSantis, wants another — this one big (Miami Herald)
- Nursing Home COVID-19 Reporting Rules To Be Strengthened (NPR)
- Fla. Governor Says National Guard Ramping Up Coronavirus Testing In Nursing Homes (NPR)