COVID-19 Deaths in LA County Nursing Homes Fall, But Still Remain High

Rebekah Sager
May 28, 2020 - 5:24 am

As staggering as the number of deaths of Los Angeles seniors has been, the number does appear to be falling. 

Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer says about seven nursing home residents per day die of COVID-19 -- a number that fell from 21 to 25 a few weeks ago. 

About half of the 2,195 coronavirus patients in L.A. County who died were elderly nursing home residents.

In response, the County Board of Supervisors will vote to appoint an inspector general to begin investigating skilled nursing facilities and create a plan for response. 

The board is expected to pick someone to fill the role by July 1.

Officials have said they would put a plan in place to test all residents living in nursing homes but recently changed course to scale back testing. The state ordered that all employees be tested and the health department is working to make that happen. 

Only about 11% of the 48,700 confirmed cases countywide are made up of senior nursing home residents. 

The pandemic has hit nursing home staff hard. Of the 30 health care workers who've died, 22 of them worked in skilled nursing or assisted living homes, according to Ferrer.