$16K Fine Proposed After Hep B Outbreak Killed Six

A state review committee is recommending that a Wayne County assisted living facility be fined $16,000 after six people died there last year.

The state's Penalty Review Committee today voted unanimously to make the recommendation against GlenCare of Mount Olive. A total of eight residents contracted Hepatitis B at the facility and state regulators said the likely blame for the outbreak was the reuse of glucometer and lancing devices without proper disinfecting and cleaning.

Last fall the state cited the facility with five violations. The proposed fine will be sent to the Health & Human Services Adult Care Section chief who will make a final determination of how much the fine will be.

A state report said GlenCare staff only cleaned the devices with alcohol swabs when it "looked like there was something on them."

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