LA County Nursing Homes Are Hot Zones for Coronavirus

Jacquie Cadorette
April 19, 2020 - 12:36 pm

    More than half of the nursing homes in California experiencing coronavirus outbreaks are in Los Angeles County, causing county officials to ask for help from state and federal officials. 

    Of the 261 facilities listed by the California Department of Health, 148 of them are located in Los Angeles County. 

    The worst outbreaks were noted at the following locations

    • The Brier Oak on Sunset
    • The Country Villa South Convalescent Center
    • The Brighton Care Center
    • Country Villa Pavilion Nursing Center
    • Garden Crest Rehabilitation Center

    Director of the county Department of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, said Friday that outbreaks of 20 or more people tested positive for coronavirus at 20 nursing home facilites in the county. The county is working to ensure they have the proper aid from state and federal officials and that their facilities are fully staffed.

    Ferrer said, "We have requested additional assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state to help us address the need for increased technical assistance at the large number of sites that have positive cases. This is particularly technical assistance around being able to implement stringent infection-control processes, and also we've requested additional staffing to support the high rate of staff absences at some of the facilities, which again limits the ability of the staff to provide high-quality care." 

    She continues, "We're also working with a handful of nursing home providers who have offered to help us set up sites that can service COVID-19-positive patients that need to reside at skilled nursing facilities and intermediate-care facilities and are transitioning back, in many cases, from having stayed in a hospital for a few days." 

    Union leaders were quick to respond to the data coming from California nursing homes. 

    President of Service Employees International Union Local 2015 April Verrett said, "The data that was recently shared on the persistent, growing and deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in California nursing homes is a clarion call to action for all of us."