News Briefs: Flu visits at highest level since 2009, Nursing homes fined

Health Department:

Flu visits at highest

level since 2009

HARTFORD — Connecticut saw 11 more flu-related deaths over the past week, according to a release from the state Department of Public Health.

The number of flu-related deaths has reached 63 in Connecticut as of Feb. 3, the department said. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, the department saw visits to the statewide emergency department increase by 14.2 percent — the highest weekly flu level observed in the state since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. State Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino said it’s possible this year’s flu season has not even hit its pinnacle yet.

There are two strains of the flu plaguing the state — flu A and flu B. Fifty of the cases are associated with flu A and 13 with flu B. Of the deaths around the state, 52 were among patients over 65, six were 50 to 64, three were 25 to 49, one was between 19 and 24 and one was between 5 and 17. So far, 3,895 influenza-positive laboratory tests have been reported this season. Of those, 1,360 patients have been hospitalized.

Nursing homes fined

FAIRFIELD — The state Department of Public Health has fined six Connecticut nursing homes for violations that resulted in injuries to residents.

Ludlowe Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Fairfield was fined $1,530 after a resident suffered leg fractures while being moved from a shower. The resident, who required the help of two staff members for transfers, became weak when exiting a shower on May 4, and a nurse’s aide lowered the resident to the floor without help, according to DPH. The resident had tibia and fibula fractures and was taken to a hospital.

Cheshire Regional Rehabilitation Center was fined $3,000 after a resident, who required staff assistance to eat, was left alone and choked on a roll. Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center in Hamden was fined $1,950 after a resident fell from a bed and broke an arm. Wolcott Hall Nursing Center in Torrington was fined $1,530 after a nurse’s aide was abusive to a resident. Apple Rehab Laurel Woods in East Haven was fined $1,530 after a resident fell when being transferred by a family member into a car during a leave of absence. Cobalt Lodge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in East Hampton was fined $540 after a resident went six days without receiving medication.