COVID-19 epidemic in Visalia nursing home infects 8 people, including 6 elderly people

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An epidemic of COVID-19 at the Visalia nursing home infected eight people, including six elderly people. (Photo: Ron Holman)

A Visalia nursing home has been hit by an outbreak of COVID-19, county health officials said Wednesday afternoon.

Six patients and two healthcare professionals from the Redwood Springs Healthcare Center tested positive for COVID-19.

Redwood Springs is a 176-bed nursing home on 1925 E. Houston Ave. in the northeast of Visalia.

“Healthcare workers have experienced symptoms from treating two patients in the same room,” the facility said on its website. “Health professionals and patients are now isolated from other residents and staff. “

COVID-19 positive patients are currently housed in shared rooms separate from other residents and are cared for by dedicated staff who only serve these COVID-19 positive patients, county health officials said. Those who are symptomatic will be tested.

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“Our top priority remains the health and well-being of everyone in our facility,” said the nursing home. “This incident highlights the service and the sacrifices made every day by our dedicated team. We will keep you informed of any development. “

The center said it had already implemented a number of preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including banning most visitors to the facility “out of prudence”.

“We are thinking of the patients and staff of Redwood Springs,” said Dr. Karen Haught, public health officer for Tulare County. “Public health staff work in close coordination with the Redwood Springs Health Center to monitor everyone in the facility.”

Tulare County has confirmed a total of 59 COVID-19 patients since March 11. On Wednesday, the county announced its second death from the virus amid a spate of 14 new cases.

The majority of cases now concern interpersonal contacts, 32. At the same time, 16 are linked to the trip and 11 remain unknown.

COVID-19 can be controlled by appropriate public health measures such as surveillance, case identification and isolation, infection control, intense contact tracing and the isolation of people who may have been exposed at COVID-19.

COVID-19 infection can be passed from person to person via airborne droplets such as coughing or sneezing. It is very contagious and is characterized either by mild cold symptoms or by a more serious lung infection accompanied by fever.

Joshua Yeager covers water, agriculture, parks and housing for the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @VTD_Joshy. Receive alerts and follow all Tulare County activities for as little as $ 1 per month. Subscribe today.

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