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L.A. County Reveals Four Institutional Outbreak Sites Near West SGV

A screen capture of the Facebook Live online streaming of the L.A. County daily press briefing, on April 21, 2020. Director of LACDPH Barbara Ferrer gives the status update.


Alhambra , CA

In an effort to provide greater transparency in its investigations of institutional settings for coronavirus, Los Angeles County on Tuesday revealed numbers of staff and residents infected with the disease.

Institutional settings continue to be a growing problem in the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 38% of L.A. County’s death toll of 663 from COVID-19-related illness are among residents of institutional facilities, mostly at skilled nursing facilities. That number is 255. The county list posted today also showed four outbreaks in or near the West San Gabriel Valley.

Director of the Department of Public Health Barbara Ferrer announced another processing of backlogged cases, from labs who didn’t report via the electronic system by which Public Health is receiving test results.

A total of 1,400 new cases were announced, with 625 of those being a “daily” update. It is a significant jump from yesterday’s 293 daily cases, but Monday reporting is usually low due to reduced testing over the weekend.

Tuesday’s cases bring the total countywide number to 15, 140, including Long Beach’s 464 and Pasadena’s 249 positive cases.

The death toll jumped up too, with 46 deaths  and marked the second day in a row that people between the ages of 18 and 40 are included in the count; two died but only one had an underlying health condition.

Twenty-seven of the 33 deaths over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions, three of four of the 41 to 65-year range also had underlying health conditions. The remaining reported from Long Beach and Pasadena health departments had no other information.

It is not lost on LACDPH that 89% of the COVID-19-related deaths have preexisting health conditions, and they are investing extra effort into those locations that are likely to house many elderly with health issues.

This week the county began releasing numbers, by location, of long-term congregate living facilities where there has been one or more reported case of a resident developing symptoms.

From yesterday to today, at least 10 more facilities have been added to the list in the West San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. The county has four categories – confirmed staff, probable staff, confirmed resident and probable resident. Deaths tolls will soon be added to this list, Ferrer said Tuesday.

A facility is considered as having in outbreak if it has a combined 20 or more positive/probable positive residents, according to LACDPH. A large outbreak is designated by the county as 40 or more combined resident cases.

The sites near the West SGV with outbreaks include:

Santa Anita Convalescent Hospital in Arcadia has an outbreak of 23 combined confirmed and probable cases of positive residents, and four combined staff.

South Pasadena Care Center in South Pasadena has 24 combined residents and 11 confirmed positive staff.

Buena Ventura Post Acute Care Center in East L.A. has 32 combined residents and seven combined staff.

Huntington Healthcare Center in El Sereno has a combined 39 residents and seven confirmed positive staff.

Thus far, the Huntington Healthcare Center is the closest “outbreak” to the City of Alhambra.

During Tuesday’s press briefing Ferrer said the pandemic, “highlights all the cracks of how we’re organized as a society,” especially how we treat our most fragile.

The county also highlighted the importance of food security, announcing a county dashboard for those who need to get support with food resources like delivery services or food distribution.

Groups can also request volunteers or to join a recovery network.

The state also announced a volunteer initiative today, called Californians for All, where healthy residents can sign up to volunteer in their community and state their preference for types of volunteering – including making cloth face coverings, delivering food or checking on neighbors.

Organizations can request volunteers, too.

“We want to meet you where you are,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

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

  • In the last 24 hours: 46 deaths; 1,400 cases (625 in 24 hours)
  • Total deaths: 663 (including Pasadena’s 25 deaths and Long Beach’s 24)
  • Total cases: 15,140

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

  • Alhambra: 51
    • Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
      • 3 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
    • Royal Garden Extended Care
      • 1 confirmed staff; 2 probable staff
  • Arcadia: 32
    • Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel
      • 1 confirmed resident; 1 probable resident
    • Santa Anita Convalescent Hospital
      • 3 confirmed staff; 1 probable staff; 6 confirmed resident; 17 probable resident
  • Boyle Heights: 116
  • El Monte: 72
    • Eastland Subacute & Rehabilitation Center
      • 2 probable resident
    • Idle Acre Sanitarium & Convalescent Hospital (Gardens of El Monte)
      • Under investigation
    • Mayflower Care Center
      • Under investigation
    • Ramona Nursing & Rehabilitation
      • 1 confirmed resident
  • El Sereno: 60
    • Huntington Healthcare Center
      • 7 positive staff; 19 confirmed resident; 20 probable resident
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 202
    • Buena Ventura Post Acute Care Center
      • 2 confirmed staff; 5 probable staff; 9 confirmed resident; 23 probable resident
  • Highland Park: 52
    • Highland Park Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center
      • 2 confirmed staff; 3 probable staff; 1 confirmed resident; 1 probable resident
  • Lincoln Heights: 40
    • Juvenile Central Hall
      • 1 probable resident
    • Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center
      • 4 confirmed staff; 4 probable staff; 12 confirmed resident; 1 probable resident
  • Montebello: 88
    • Montebello Care Center
      • 2 confirmed resident
    • Rio Hondo Subacute and Nursing
      • Under investigation
  • Monterey Park: 47
    • DaVita Garfield Hemodialysis Center
      • 1 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident; 1 probable resident
  • Pasadena: 249 (separate health department often different information than county)
    • Brighton Care Center
    • California Convalescent Hospital (Listed 4/14; removed 4/15)
    • Camellia Gardens
      • Under investigation
    • Fair Oaks Regency Park
    • Foothill Heights Care Center
    • Garfield Care Center (no active cases on 4/15)
    • GEM Transitional Care Center
    • Golden Cross Healthcare (no active cases on 4/15)
    • Huntington Post Acute (Pasadena Meadows)
    • Jasmine Terrace
    • Legacy Care Center (Listed 4/14; removed 4/15)
    • Pasadena Grove Health Center (Listed 4/14; removed 4/15)
    • Pasadena Park Healthcare & Wellness Center
      • 2 confirmed staff; 1 probable resident
    • Rose Garden
    • Vincent’s (no active cases on 4/15)
  • Rosemead: 19
  • San Gabriel: 23
    • Live Oak Rehabilitation Center
      • Under investigation
    • Quality Dialysis Center – San Gabriel
      • 1 confirmed staff; 1 confirmed resident
  • Unincorporated Northeast San Gabriel: 8
  • Unincorporated South San Gabriel: 7
  • San Marino: 9
  • South El Monte: 6
  • South Pasadena: 34
    • South Pasadena Care Center
      • 11 confirmed staff; 18 confirmed resident; 6 probable resident
  • Temple City: 29

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.

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