Riverside nursing home sees coronavirus outbreak in 30 patients

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – A Riverside trained nursing home is facing a coronavirus outbreak with at least 30 patients tested positive, according to county health officials. Riverside Long-Term Care Hospital has seen test results showing that 30 patients are positive, although additional test results from staff and additional patients are still pending.

“We will see more and more of these outbreaks in the community,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County. “This is a vulnerable population and we will take all necessary measures to protect them. But these steps can only work effectively if people stay at home, stay separate, and cover their faces in public to reduce overall transmission. “

The company that owns the facility says it has taken steps to protect the safety of residents and staff.

The facility with more than 90 beds is closed to new patients and restricts staff from working in other facilities.

“Extended Care has been proactively at the forefront of efforts to ward off COVID 19, strictly following all protocols suggested and mandated by the government, including long-term infection control measures in anticipation of such circumstances”, said Trent Evans, the company’s general counsel. .

Riverside County reported 799 cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths on Sunday afternoon.

Another nursing home in the Inner Empire also experienced a large, concentrated outbreak.

The Cedar Mountain facility in Yucaipa has seen at least 51 residents and six staff members positive, with two patient deaths.

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