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There are now 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Orinda Care Center, the shelter for the aged in Contra Costa County, which has become an outbreak of major concern to county health officials.
The number of people infected increased from 27 Friday to 49 Monday, with 19 of the 22 new cases reported among staff. In total, there are 25 infected residents and 22 infected staff members.
County public health official Dr. Chris Farnitano said Friday that nearly half of those initially tested positive were over the age of 80 and the facility will remain open so people can be monitored and continue to receive care.
“If they are brought home, the virus could spread to family members, so those who provide care could not do so,” he said. “We really want them to stay where we can watch them, isolate them and take care of them. Many are brought there for care that their families simply cannot provide, so most cannot bring them home and provide this level of 24 hour nursing care that the facilities provide. “
Residents who test positive will be separated from individuals who have not yet contracted the virus.
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