PORTLAND, Ore. — The family of a 75-year-old woman who is among the 29 people who have died amid a coronavirus outbreak at Healthcare at Foster Creek in Southeast Portland has sued the facility.
Angela Brown, the daughter of Judith Joy Jones, accused Healthcare at Foster Creek of negligence and elder abuse in its handling of the coronavirus spread.
On April 18, a nurse at Foster Creek discovered Jones had a 101-degree fever, according to the lawsuit. She was transferred to the Adventist Medical Center Emergency Room in Portland and diagnosed with COVID-19. Jones died a week later from complications of coronavirus, the lawsuit filed in Multnomah County court alleged.
The plaintiffs are seeking $1.8 million in damages.
“The negligent actions by Healthcare at Foster Creek created a clear risk to Ms. Jones and the other residents of the facility,” said Bonnie Richardson, partner at Richardson Wright and lead counsel for the plaintiff.
The state ordered Healthcare at Foster Creek to shut down on May 4. All residents were removed from the facility.
The Southeast Portland nursing home has 119 confirmed cases among patients and staff, making it the state’s largest and deadliest coronavirus outbreak.
KGW reached out to Healthcare at Foster Creek for comment and is waiting for a response.