Kaiser Walnut Creek fined for COVID-19 violations

Bay Area

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Another Kaiser health care location has been cited for violating COVID-19 protocols.

On January 22nd, Cal-OSHA confirmed Walnut Creek Kaiser was cited four times.

  • Kaiser failed to enforce work practices to minimize employee exposure to the virus. The hospital did not implement effective COVID-19 screening procedures for people entering the facility.
  • Kaiser did not provide respiratory protection. They also failed to replace and maintain air systems and hospital equipment.
  • Kaiser failed to investigate exposure incidents in the Emergency Department and Operating Room to notify employees who had significant exposures to COVID-19 cases and suspected cases.
  • Kaiser failed to provide training to employees on preventing COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease.

The citations issued were labeled as ‘serious’ and totaled $45,000.

There are now 12 Kaiser locations in California that have been fined.

  • Kaiser San Leandro $87,500
  • Kaiser San Jose $87,375
  • Kaiser Oakland $78,300
  • Kaiser Antioch $56,000
  • Kaiser Santa Rosa $55,350
  • Kaiser Walnut Creek $45,000
  • Kaiser Redwood City $39,685
  • Kaiser Ontario $18,075
  • Kaiser San Francisco $16,400
  • Kaiser Santa Clara $11,200
  • Kaiser Lancaster $5,000
  • Kaiser Zion in San Diego $1,535

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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