Gilroy, CA Nursing Home Reports 75 COVID-19 Infections, 12 Deaths
Twelve residents at Gilroy Healthcare and Covenant Care in Gilroy, CA have died from COVID-19-related reasons and 75 have tested positive for the virus, officials at the nursing home said on Thursday.
It is unclear when the deaths and infections occurred because the state only reports cumulative cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Santa Clara County data showed that 18 positive resident cases were reported in the 28 days leading up to October 15. The center said 54 staff members have tested positive for the virus, 53 of whom have recovered.
State health regulators cited the Gilroy nursing home three times – in June, July and August – for not reporting COVID-19 survey data, resulting in “incomplete data reported to the (state) necessary to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” according to the state.
An August $1,000 citation stated these failures could compromise the health and safety of residents.
An August inspection found the nursing home failed to implement infection control policies, failed to store N95 masks properly, failed to train staff how to use N95 masks and did incomplete screenings of people entering the nursing home, according to the California Department of Public Health.
“These failures had the potential to transmit and spread COVID-19,” the department said.
The inspection found staff wearing masks around their neck, around an arm or on top of their head.
The nursing home said it is routinely testing staff and residents and has created a special observation unit for admissions where people can be quarantined, tested and closely monitored before being given a room.
“To add an additional level of protection we are committed to facility wide testing on all residents and staff in collaboration with local public health departments,” the nursing home said in a statement. “We understand the importance of knowing the status of our residents, employees, and essential health care providers. In this new world of COVID-19, rest assured we are aggressively treating and responding to potential community exposures by conducting routine testing of all our residents and staff until such time as a vaccine becomes available or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instructs otherwise.”
State data, as of Wednesday, showed that 26,647 nursing home residents in California had tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,591 had died, representing around 27 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.
There have been 252,939 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes in the United States as of Sunday, with 59,626 deaths, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.