A nursing home in Auburn, Alabama, may have to close.
The state Department of Human Services says a home there has died of “acute and chronic” pneumonia.
The home was placed on temporary lockdown after it was discovered it was infested with fleas.
The facility was originally slated to be a home for seniors, but a state audit found the nursing home was understaffed.
A home-care aide was fired and the state’s inspector general was investigating the nursing facility.
It has now been placed on a list of more than 1,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state that may have been infected with the fleas, according to the Associated Press.
There are many ways to deal with this, said Steve Davenport, the Auburn County commissioner.
The best way to treat the situation is to keep it contained.
The worst is to close it down.
Davenport said there are some things that can be done, but there are other things that are just too dangerous to do.
He said people need to stay in the community and not go out at night.
He says nursing homes should not be used as places for drug dealing.
People in the area said the nursing homes are a big part of their community.
The nursing homes serve many different populations, including the elderly, the disabled and people who live in transitional housing.
Dawn Haines was at the Auburn nursing home when it was found infested by fleas in March.
She said the facility was supposed to be for seniors but had been understaffing for too long.
She also said she does not feel safe going out in the streets because the staff there is afraid to get involved with the public.
Haines said she would not want her home to be closed.
I just feel like I have to do what I can to keep myself safe and keep my family together.
She said she and her family will remain at the nursing house.