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L.A. County Focuses on Nursing Homes With Addition to Health Order; National Guard Medical Units Deploy to L.A. County

Rose Bowl mobile testing site, Pasadena, April, 2020. Photo by Helen Arase.

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Los Angeles County’s daily press briefing brought announcements of new Health Officer Orders aimed at congregate living facilities as California National Guard medical units were reported at four L.A. County facilities.

Los Angeles County’s Health Officer, Dr. Muntu Davis is adding another layer to the “Safer at Home” orders, this time, applying it to licensed congregate living facilities, in an attempt to target the nursing homes and assisted living facilities as their death toll rises.

To date, residents of these skilled nursing facilities – SNFs­ ­– account for 365 deaths, making these congregate living facilities 43% of all the 848 countywide deaths. There were 1,035 new cases in the county, bringing the total to 18,517 positive cases.

The amendment to the county’s order directs all SNFs to limit entry to facilities to only essential employees, meaning all visitors and non-essential employees are not permitted to enter anymore.

Furthermore, all communal dining and activities are to be cancelled and ample distancing practices are to be put into action. Staff must wear surgical masks at all times and personal protective equipment – PPE – when appropriate, and residents must also wear surgical or cloth masks when outside of their rooms.

Finally, the SNFs are to test every person at the facility – symptomatic and asymptomatic. L.A. County will work with the facility to determine how often each round of testing will be.

Last week, the county announced it was requesting state and federal aid, to assist in staffing and infection control. The U.S. National Guard was deployed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to four locations; one in Gardena, two in the City of Los Angeles and the Brighton Care Center in Pasadena, as the Pasadena Star-News reported.

As of today, the City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department dashboard shows there are 16 confirmed cases among staff, 75 among residents and 14 deaths. All of Pasadena’s 29 deaths have been at skilled nursing facilities, of people with underlying health conditions, as reported by their independent health department.

Every licensed facility in the county will have the resources and support to test the residents and staff, but the priority is to first target those with large outbreaks.

Los Angeles County is getting closer to the testing capacity of which they spoke in the last few weeks. Over 108,000 people have been tested, and Director of L.A. County Department of Public Health Barbara Ferrer says, for the most part, they are caught up on their backlog, and the coming days will probably see around 1,000 cases per day.

In addition to the 1,035 new cases, Ferrer also announced 52 deaths bringing the total in L.A. County to 848.

Ferrer stressed again Friday that testing appointments are available at all mobile sites in the county and encouraged those experiencing symptoms to make an appointment and be tested.

In response to the current heat wave, Director of the Office of Emergency Management Kevin McGowan announced cooling centers at 10 locations in L.A. County that would practice social distancing and be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. One of them is the Joslyn Center at 210 N. Chapel Ave. in Alhambra.

During extreme heat the elderly, young children and pets are vulnerable to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Avoid the sun during the hottest hours – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Drink two to four glasses of water during hours of extreme heat
  • Replace salt and minerals with sports drinks
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Reduce physical activity
  • Wear a hat
  • Stay cool with fans, air-conditioners or visit a cooling center
  • Monitor those who are at high risk, including those who work in the sun or high-exertion work activities
  • Use sunscreen
  • Keep pets indoors

Leaving pets or people in the car for even a few minutes can be deadly. Call 9-1-1 if you see pets or people in locked vehicles.

See all of the hot weather resources here.

In response to a question asking if the Health Department has fielded questions about cleaning products as COVID-19 remedies, Ferrer said, “Please don’t inject, ingest or even put on your body” any cleaning products, as they can be deadly.

Ferrer wished the Muslim community a happy Ramadan, and as she did around the Easter holidays, asked the community to practice their faith while maintaining social distancing.

The county also asked residents not to go to neighboring counties, so not to overwhelm the other counties, and to keep practicing social distancing.

“I wish all of you in L.A. County a safe weekend,” Ferrer said.

The breakdown by community, plus Health Department confirmed institutional settings with one or more cases:

Here are some of the case numbers presented by the L.A. County Health Department press release:

  • In the last 24 hours: 52 deaths; 1,035 cases
  • Total deaths: 848 (including Pasadena’s 29 deaths and Long Beach’s 27)
  • Total cases: 18,517

The breakdown by community, plus Health Department confirmed institutional settings with one or more cases:

  • Alhambra: 68
    • Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
      • 3 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
    • Royal Gardens Extended Care (Removed 4/24)
      • 3 confirmed staff
  • Arcadia: 34
    • Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel
      • 2 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
    • Santa Anita Convalescent Hospital
      • 8 confirmed staff; 18 confirmed resident; 4 death
  • Boyle Heights: 148
    • Hollenbeck Palms (Removed 4/24)
      • Under investigation
    • Infinity Care of East Los Angeles
      • 1 confirmed resident
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 297
      • Buena Ventura Post Acute Care Center
        • 8 confirmed staff; 13 confirmed resident; 2 death
  • El Monte: 114
    • Eastland Subacute & Rehabilitation Center (Removed 4/24)
      • Under investigation
    • Idle Acre Sanitarium & Convalescent Hospital (Gardens of El Monte) (Removed 4/24)
      • 1 confirmed staff
    • Mayflower Care Center (Removed 4/24)
      • Under investigation
    • Ramona Nursing & Rehabilitation
      • 2 confirmed resident
  • El Sereno: 75
    • Huntington Healthcare Center
      • 9 positive staff; 21 confirmed resident; 7 death
  • Highland Park: 67
    • Highland Park Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center
      • 2 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
  • Lincoln Heights: 51
    • Juvenile Central Hall (Removed 4/24)
      • Under investigation
    • Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center
      • 5 confirmed staff; 20 confirmed resident; 1 death
  • Montebello: 105
    • Montebello Care Center
      • 2 confirmed resident
    • Rio Hondo Subacute and Nursing
      • 3 confirmed staff, 5 confirmed resident, 1 death
  • Monterey Park: 61
    • DaVita Garfield Hemodialysis Center (Listed 4/21; removed 4/22)
      • 1 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident; 1 probable resident
  • Pasadena: 293 (separate health department often different information than county)
    • Arbor Vista
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Brighton Care Center
      • 16 confirmed staff; 75 resident; 14 death
    • California Pasadena Convalescent Hospital (The Californian)
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Camellia Gardens
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident; 1 death
    • Fair Oaks Regency Park
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Foothill Heights Care Center
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Garfield Care Center (no active cases on 4/15)
    • GEM Transitional Care Center
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Golden Cross Healthcare
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
    • Huntington Dialysis Center in Pasadena (Removed 4/24)
    • Huntington Post Acute (Pasadena Meadows)
      • <11 confirmed staff; 18 confirmed resident; 1 death
    • Jasmine Terrace
      • 16 confirmed staff; 30 confirmed resident; 6 death
    • Legacy Care Center (Listed 4/14; removed 4/15)
    • Pasadena Grove Health Center
      • 13 confirmed staff; 17 confirmed resident; 1 death
    • Pasadena Park Healthcare & Wellness Center
      • 3 confirmed staff, 2 confirmed resident
    • Rose Garden
      • 11 confirmed staff; 14 confirmed resident; 5 death
    • Vincent’s
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident; 1 death
    • Villa Gardens Health Center
      • <11 confirmed staff; <11 confirmed resident
  • Rosemead: 24
  • San Gabriel: 26
    • Live Oak Rehabilitation Center (Removed 4/24)
      • Under investigation
    • Quality Dialysis Center – San Gabriel (Listed 4/21; removed 4/22)
      • 1 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
  • Unincorporated Northeast San Gabriel: 12
  • Unincorporated South San Gabriel: 7
  • San Marino: 10
  • South El Monte: 12
  • South Pasadena: 56
    • South Pasadena Care Center
      • 22 confirmed staff; 42 confirmed resident; 3 deaths
  • Temple City: 44

Numbers are suppressed in communities with less than 25,000 residents, but with 1-4 confirmed cases:

  • Unincorporated Arcadia
  • Unincorporated South El Monte
  • University Hills

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The Los Angeles County COVID-19 press briefing is streamed online at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the L.A. County Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Jon Thurber contributed reporting.

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