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Fresno County Nursing Home COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Worst In California


Fresno County Nursing Home COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Worst In California

The COVID-19 outbreaks currently in Fresno County nursing homes are among the worst in California, according to California Department of Public Health data.

13 skilled nursing facilities in the Central Valley reported active COVID-19 cases on Monday, and almost half of those were in Fresno County.

Fresno County’s largest current reported outbreaks are at Willow Creek Healthcare Center in Clovis and Sierra Vista Healthcare Center in Fresno.

Willow Creek has 39 positive residents, according to state data. The facility has seen 103 positive residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 53 positive healthcare workers. The facility currently has zero positive healthcare workers. The nursing home has seen under 11 deaths since the pandemic began.

Sierra Vista has 26 positive residents, according to state data. The facility has seen 80 positive residents since the pandemic began, as well as 62 positive healthcare workers. The facility currently has no positive healthcare workers. Under 11 deaths have occurred at the nursing home since the start of the pandemic.

Veterans Home of California – Fresno reported a smaller number of new active cases on Monday, as did Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, which was one of the first nursing homes to report COVID-19 in 2020.

Dycora Transitional Health in Fresno was hit particularly hard by COVID-19 in 2020. While the facility currently has zero positive residents, it has seen 120 positive residents since the pandemic began, as well as 40 positive healthcare workers. The facility has seen 33 COVID-19-related resident deaths since the pandemic began, as well as under 11 COVID-19-related healthcare worker deaths.

Fresno County interim Public Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra said his office has received reports of personal protective equipment shortages “because the entire country is basically experiencing a surge.”

“I think everyone is shocked by how extraordinary this surge really is,” he said.

Vohra said staffing shortages could result if multiple nursing homes have large outbreaks, leading to “very tragic outcomes,” so his office is “really focusing on” preventing this from occurring.

Fresno County currently has under 100 positive nursing home residents and zero positive healthcare workers in nursing homes. The county has seen 678 cumulative positive nursing home residents since the pandemic began, as well as 641 cumulative positive healthcare workers in nursing homes. The county has seen 108 COVID-19-related nursing home resident deaths since the pandemic began, and under 100 COVID-19-related healthcare worker deaths.


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