March 25, 2020
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office has initiated a criminal investigation into a Hayward nursing home where a growing number of patients, 13 as of Wednesday, April 15, have died from COVID-19. District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said her office has been investigating the Gateway Rehabilitation and Care Center, where 67 people have contracted the virus so far.
A search of the state database carried by the ABC7 I-Team shows that Indian actor Antony Thekkek, and his wife Prema, are equal owners of the business. Since the revelation, the I-Team has called several offices and cell numbers, emailed them and reached out to the couple on Facebook, but have not heard back.
Since the outbreak at his facility, Antony has shared an Easter message on Youtube and told the Kochi Times how he’s enduring the shelter in place. Meanwhile, county health officials said they are “deeply concerned about the situation at Gateway.” They added that they are continuing to work with state and medical providers to combat the crisis there.
State records show the home has a recurring problem with meeting staffing requirements. Families with loved ones in there have also told this news organization they have concerns over the quality of care and whether staff has enough protective equipment to keep themselves and patients safe.
“We think that it was only right they opened an investigation,” said attorney Adante Pointer, who has called for a criminal probe into Gateway on behalf of a family who lost their husband and father to COVID-19 in the facility.
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