A nursing home in Wyoming that has faced controversy since a video surfaced of the facility’s staff putting on a mask, including wearing face masks, during the coronavirus outbreak is facing a lawsuit from residents.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Wyoming’s U.S. District Court, alleges that the facility failed to protect residents and the public from the coronivirus outbreak and is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The suit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the residents of the SagePoint nursing home.
The nursing home is in Wyoming, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Grand Junction.
The residents, who are being represented by attorneys from the National Association of State Mental Health Directors, are asking the court to compel SagePoint to implement a protocol to protect the public.
The lawsuit also seeks a preliminary injunction barring SagePoint from using public funds to pay for medical and other related expenses for the plaintiffs, including costs of maintaining the facility.
The SagePoint Nursing Home was established in May 2015 by the American Red Cross to care for people with mental illness in the rural community.
The facility’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jeffrey W. Jones, told local news outlets that the staff had to wear masks at the nursing home for the purpose of masking patients from spreading the virus.
A man wearing a mask holds a sign outside the Sage Point Nursing Home, a nursing home owned by the Red Cross, in Redding, Calif.
The Red Cross has received death threats over the masking issue in the wake of a video that showed staff in the nursing homes masking and putting on masks for some residents.
The center was opened by the United Way in January 2016, and the Red Wings hockey team also owns the facility and runs it.