Utah Department of Health finds sewage and bed bugs at Midvale care facility

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4) – A report filed by the Salt Lake County Health Department lists several shortcomings at the now closed Evergreen Place facility, including sewer and bedbug issues.

The local health department said conditions at the facility pose an imminent threat to public health, including the 17 people housed inside the facility.

County Health Department documents report that a sewer line backup caused such sewage contamination that the sewage had, “saturated walls, ceilings, carpeting and concrete floors.” .

The county documented live and dead bed bugs “seen in the facility in numerous quantities.”

While Evergreen Place did not have the proper license with DHS, it did have a food service license with Salt Lake County. In 2018, on three occasions, inspectors found mouse droppings. On two of these occasions they also found dead mice.

According to the county health department’s website, facilities like Evergreen Place should be inspected at least once a year. However, the last time Evergreen Place was inspected was in 2019. The department said the pandemic has created a huge backlog of inspections.

A health department official told ABC4 News that inspections did not take place from March 2020 to March 2021 due to the pandemic. Officials say the facilities have been categorized by risk level and while Evergreen Place housed at least 17 people, many businesses in the county serve hundreds or thousands of people, putting those facilities at higher risk.

Shortly after authorities closed Evergreen Place, the Utah Department of Social Services issued a cease-and-desist letter to the facility for having an unlicensed social services program. In the letter, it is stated that “continued exploitation without a license may lead to criminal prosecution”.

After reviewing DHS licensing documents, ABC4 discovered that a company called Evergreen Place, LLC had applied for a residential support license for its Midvale shutdown site as well as a location in West Valley City. Both are listed as pending.

The Salt Lake County Health Department told ABC4 News it plans to seek reimbursement for costs related to the situation, likely in the form of civil penalties.

To read the cease and desist letter sent by the Department of Health and Human Services, Click here.

To read the Salt Lake County Health Department’s closure letter to occupancy, Click here.

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