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Whistleblower accuses Minnesota nursing home of violating COVID-19 health regulations


September 16, 2021

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune file St. Therese of New Hope was the site last year of one of the deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 in the state.

St. Therese of New Hope, the site of one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the state last year, directed its staff to violate health regulations designed to prevent the spread of the epidemic in long-term care facilities, according to a whistleblower lawsuit.

The suit, brought last week by a former campus administrator at St. Therese, alleges that top executives at the 258-bed nursing home told employees "to ignore and violate" state and federal guidelines governing visitations and the quarantine of newly admitted patients, even after more than 60 people who lived at the facility had died from the coronavirus.

The former administrator, Brooke Peoples, 39, of Minnetonka, said she was fired less than a month after she warned her superiors that the nursing home was putting patients and staff in danger, the lawsuit alleges.


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