Sonoma County health officials late Monday night reported three more virus-related deaths, bringing the region’s COVID-19 deaths during a March pandemic. 50 victims.
Each of the last three casualties were over 65 years old and had basic medical conditions, while two of them were residents of skilled nursing centers, officials said. And after a weekend of 239 new infections, the county reported an additional 83 cases, increasing the total coronavirus cases overall to over 3,750 cases across the county.
Meanwhile, a senior care center in Cloverdale that becomes the fifth most skilled nursing home in the county reports the death of at least one resident from coronavirus complications, a sign of a Some nursing homes in the region continue to struggle to prevent infectious disease.
Cloverdale Wellness Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, also reported Saturday to state public health officials that at least one resident and one employee test positive for very contagious virus.
It was not clear on Monday if Cloverdale center residents were among the three coronavirus deaths that county health officials reported on Friday. One in three deaths involves a 65-year-old man who lives in an unidentified skilled nursing home and has potential health problems.
Dr. Sundari Mase, the county health worker, earlier on Monday called the additional deaths reported on Friday “devastating the community”; and reaffirmed how dangerous the virus is. to the most vulnerable residents of the county, especially nursing home residents.
“It’s the number one priority for the community,” Mase said on Monday, working with state infection control specialists to try to tackle transmission of the virus in nursing homes. “We can all help protect our seniors by obeying medical orders.”
Of the 50 county residents who died as of Monday from viral complications, 40 were residents of aged care homes. Of those 40, 28 are already living in nursing homes and the rest in aged care facilities. Given the Cloverdale facility’s mortality status, a quarter of the county’s 20 skilled nursing homes currently have at least one patient dying.
Jarrod Morgan, an administrator at Cloverdale Health Care Center, on Monday did not respond to reporters’ phone calls and an email asking for information about the virus outbreak there.
Four other nursing homes that have reported at least one COVID-19-related death are: Sonoma Post Acute and Broadway Villa Post Acute, both in Sonoma; Post-Acute EmPres and Rehabilitation in Petaluma; and Petaluma After Acute Recovery. Elderly care homes are required to report new deaths and infections to the California Department of Public Health, but the exact number of deaths and new cases per nursing home are protected by the state for patient privacy until the death or infection number reaches 11 or more.
Mase said on Monday, Mase said a group of health professionals who arrived last week will continue to work in the field with local nursing homes to try to help staff stop the spread of the virus. .
“It is hoped that they will visit all of the skilled nursing facilities, even if they are not in a case, to review their infection control methods for prevention,” she said.
Meanwhile, county health officials reported 125 new infections on Saturday – the largest day of reported cases during the pandemic – and 114 more on Sunday – the number the third highest daily – plus 83 more on Monday to push the total number of cases to 3,753 countywide. About 1,600 of those cases have been reported since the beginning of July, when the resurgence of the virus caused Sonoma County to join the state watchlist of counties that are most struggling to stop COVID-19.
Mase said the number of cases represents a persistent local spread of the virus from major outbreaks in the workplace, home, aged care home and social gatherings large and small. of friends and family.
In a related issue, medical staff also discussed the state’s recently resolved technical glitch with their electronic COVID-19 data collection computer system, an incident that resulted in a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results statewide.
Mase said it was unclear how many backlog results were associated with Sonoma County residents. She says backlog tests are handled by commercial laboratories like Quest Diagnostics, which report results directly to the state. These tests have a lower priority than virus tests handled by the county public health laboratory.
Tests handled by the public health laboratory include those collected by county contract supervisors and laboratory work that identifies most viral infections in county, Mase said.
State public health officials on Monday said they had finished processing backlog test results and sent that data to county public health departments across the state for review. review. Mase confirmed her public health team was going through and did not reveal the number of delayed tests involving locals and tried to find the report date to be assigned.
At the beginning of last week, she said the total number of possible daily COVID-19 cases was inaccurate due to a malfunction in state electronic reporting. She hopes to fully update the county’s daily infection numbers this week.
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