Jan. 28, 2021

HAZLETON – Concerned over the living conditions at the Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to immediately transfer its 31 patients to another facility.

Toohil made the formal request in a letter sent to Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection Raphael Barishansky.

Toohil informed Barishansky that all but one resident had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and 12 citations had been filed against the home following the latest federal inspection. She also said that her office was contacted by an employee about the “deplorable conditions, expired food and lack of personal protective equipment.”

“Currently, Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing Home does not have the necessary equipment to care for the residents properly. It has failed to timely conduct testing of staff and its residents which led to the current outbreak of COVD-I9,” Toohil wrote. “Our office has received several phone calls and emails from both staff and family members requesting their concerns be addressed regarding the facility. I fully share in their concerns regarding this very troubling situation.”

The facility is located in Drums, Luzerne County.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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