Nursing Home Evacuated After Staff Doesn't Show Up For Work 2 Days In A Row

Sandy Malone

Riverside County Public Health evacuated the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after only one nurse showed up.

Riverside, CA – Riverside County officials had to evacuate 83 residents from a nursing home after the staff failed to show up to take care of them, two days in a row.

Riverside County Public Health officials said in a press release on Wednesday that only one certified nursing assistant (CNA) showed up for work at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center although 13 had been scheduled.

Initially, 33 licensed nurses from Riverside University Health System and Kaiser Permanente were sent to the nursing home to fill the gap, but public health officials said staffing demands forced the health department to evacuate Magnolia and relocate its residents.

Five staff members and 34 residents of the nursing home have tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to the press release.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer, said that the county became aware there was a problem after they investigated COVID-19 cases at the Extended Care Hospital of Riverside, which is located next door to Magnolia, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Kaiser said 26 staff members and 28 patients had tested positive at Extended Care Hospital of Riverside.

He said only two employees had tested positive at Magnolia Rehabilitation as of April 3, according to The Press Enterprise.

Kaiser said he became aware of the staffing deficiency after Magnolia made an “unusual” large request for help.

He said the center reported a “substantial” number of staff had not shown up for work, The Press-Enterprise reported.

The situation got so bad that two days in a row, only one CNA reported to work.

One patient in hospice died on Wednesday before he could be evacuated, according to The Press-Enterprise.

“Nationwide, all of our health care workers are considered heroes and they rightly are,” Kaiser told reporters on Wednesday. “They are the first line of defense in our hospitals, our clinics, our laboratories, our pharmacies and our long-term facilities. But implicit in that heroism is that people stay at their post.”

“I am concerned this could rise to the level of abandonment, no matter how justified the reasoning might be, and the state licensing board will have to determine [that],” he added.

Kaiser said he didn’t have the exact number of employees who had failed to report for work, nor did he know the circumstances of those individuals, The Press-Enterprise reported.

He said the health department was not aware of Magnolia employees having any shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear at work.

The Press-Enterprise reported that the president of the company that owns Magnolia Rehabilitation had not responded to requests for comment.

Comments (10)
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  1. CNAs are not nurses
  2. CNAs are paid poorly; you can make more working at mcdonalds.
  3. nursing homes are frequent sources of communicable diseases and spread like wildfire from resident to resident. and often don't have the appropriate tools to do the job
  4. I have a hunch there is more to this story than staff not showing up. when 90% of the staff don't show up for a shift, than it points more towards a management failure than anything else
  5. If these staff simply nocall/noshowed, then I'm hoping all these staffers are immediately terminated, and their licenses or certifications are revoked. however, if they are sick, and they notified management, then this seems to be a failure at the corporate level to not staff appropriately.

I wish I could have sympathy for the nursing staff, but I have seen far to many nursing homes with shitty staff members over the years for that to happen. Hopefully, the residents are getting better care now.


Is this not a SANCTUARY STATE? Ok to take in foreigners that are NOT Americans..but not OK to care for Americans, elderly and infirm? Hmmmmm


Sounds like another case like the nursing home in New Orleans abandoning patients to slowly drown. Somebody needs to be held accountable for this! Start from the top down.