In May 2020, Florentina Lopez died of COVID-19 at Parkwest Rehabilitation Center, a California nursing home owned and operated by Renew Health Group. Her surviving daughter, Griselda Nava, then filed a lawsuit against Parkwest in California state court, alleging that her mother’s death was the result of Parkwest’s failure to take basic safety precautions in response to the threat of the coronavirus. She alleged that Parkwest failed to implement screening, isolation, or testing policies until months into the pandemic, and allowed exposed and infected staff to continue working and interacting with vulnerable patients. She also alleged that Parkwest lied to her and others about the presence of COVID-19 in the facility and about her mother’s health condition.
Public Citizen represents Ms. Nava on appeal. In April 2022, we filed a motion for summary affirmance of the district court’s decision in light of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Saldana v. Glenhaven Healthcare.