Modesto Retirement Facility Has Seen 17 COVID-19 Deaths And 40 Cases
Casa de Modesto Retirement Center in Modesto, CA saw a COVID-19 outbreak in its skilled nursing wing infect 17 patients, killing 13, from late August to October 1st, according to the facility’s website. The website stated that the center has seen 40 cases and 17 deaths since COVID-19 appeared in Stanislaus County in March.
Casa de Modesto said on Saturday that it had no current COVID-19 cases among residents.
The outbreak in the nursing wing occurred as COVID-19 numbers were declining in the county.
The facility said 23 residents have recovered and 44 of 45 staff members who have tested positive as far back as late July have recovered. One active case remains among staff.
The facility’s website states they’re closely communicating with state and local health officials to make sure they take all the appropriate steps during the current circumstances. The website states they notify residents and their representatives when they test positive for COVID-19 and implement care and treatment protocols.
The website states the facility has implemented handwashing, hand sanitizers, face masks, social distancing, COVID-19 testing and symptom screening and restriction of non-essential visitation and building entry.
Curt Willems, the facility’s executive director and administrator for skilled nursing, told The Modesto Bee that he couldn’t explain how COVID-19 spread in the facility, stating that multiple state and federal inspections concluded the facility was “going above and beyond what’s expected for meeting the regulations.”
“It is the nature of the pandemic that the virus is potentially airborne. Somehow, some way it got into the facility at that time,” Willems said.
Willems said that the facility is still focusing on COVID-19 prevention despite lacking any current resident cases. “I don’t think it is ever under control. It’s why nationwide we are seeing a second surge,” he said.
But John Lopes of Modesto, who lost his mother to COVID-19 at the facility, told The Modesto Bee the facility hasn’t managed the outbreak well. “Something happened in September that they were not doing their duty,” he said.
Lopez said when he came to pick up his mother’s belongings, an employee told him the majority of the staff had COVID-19 and he was working 16-hour workdays.
The facility has apartments for up to 55 residents and its nursing home section is licensed for 59 skilled nursing beds. Its assisted living section has a capacity of 43 residents and its memory care units have a capacity of 11 residents.