The rehab facility at the center of the viral outbreak that left 11 children dead will have to pay a $600,000 fine after federal inspectors found systems failures “directly contributed” to the rapid spread of the virus, according to NorthJersey.com.
The federal government is imposing the fine on the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the wake of a scathing report by investigators on the center’s conditions and lack of leadership, the media outlet said Saturday.
Kids at the Passaic County rehab facility have lifelong disabilities and need constant care to survive. But a deadly adenovirus outbreak started sweeping through the center last September, sickening 36 children and killing 11 others.
Adenovirus includes a number of respiratory virus strains that can cause mild or serious illness.
Federal inspectors alleged the facility was ill-prepared to contain the outbreak because of an absentee medical director, poor infection controls and a “failure to provide timely interventions and care.”