The State Of COVID-19 In California Nursing Homes
There have been around 21,000 cases of COVID-19 in California nursing homes, with around 2,200 deaths. This represents around 3% of all cases in the state, but almost 20% of all deaths in the state.
There are around 1,200 nursing homes in California. Over half of the state’s nursing home deaths have occurred in Los Angeles County.
Three of the top 20 largest and deadliest nursing home outbreaks in the state have occurred in the Central Valley: Dycora Transitional Health in Fresno, Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia and Hacienda Post Acute in Hanford. Kingston Healthcare Center in Bakersfield also had one of the largest outbreaks in the state.
COVID-19 is especially dangerous to residents of nursing homes because of congregate living environments in close quarters involving shared communal meals and activities. Nursing home residents are often advanced in age with pre-existing conditions and this plays a large role in COVID-19 deaths.
A survey of around 350 nursing home workers revealed that close to 80% of respondents felt their personal protective equipment was adequate. Even more respondents said their facility had the ability to quarantine or cohort people with the virus.
A recent study found that an adequate amount of staffing was a key predictor in terms of how many COVID-19 cases a nursing home had.
Whitney Oaks Care Center in Carmichael said on their website on August 21 that they have had 95 residents and 75 workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, and that there are currently 15 COVID-19 positive residents and seven workers who are unavailable for work because they are COVID-19 positive. 11 residents of Whitney Oaks have died as of August 21, according to the California Department of Public Health.
A Whitney Oaks statement said all resident infections originated at the facility, meaning nobody was transferred there with an active case.
Windsor Elk Grove Care and Rehabilitation Center has had 55 active resident cases among 83 infections over the pandemic’s course, plus 33 positive employee tests, according to CDPH nursing facility data. The facility has seen from one to 10 resident deaths.
A COVID-19 outbreak appears to have surfaced this month at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. State data and community reports say there have been 26 confirmed cases among employees of the facility and possibly up to 10 cases among residents as of August 20.
Alameda County has seen 803 confirmed cases in skilled nursing facilities and 97 deaths since the pandemic began. Those deaths made up over 40 of the county’s COVID-19 death total.