Sonoma County health officials late Monday evening reported three more virus-related deaths, bringing the COVID-19 death zone during the pandemic that began in March to 50 victims.
Each of the last three victims was over 65 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 83 additional cases, raising the overall coronavirus issue over 3,750 counties.
Meanwhile, an aging care center in Cloverdale became the fifth nursing home in the county capable of reporting the death of at least one resident from coronavirus complications, an indication that several area nursing homes continue to struggle to improve the disease. infectious.
The Cloverdale Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation institution, also reported on Saturday public health officials that at least one resident and one staff member tested positive for the highly contagious virus.
Monday is unclear on Monday whether the Cloverdale center resident was among three county health officials with coronavirus deaths reported Friday. One of the three deaths involved a 65-year-old man who lived in an unknown nursing home and had underlying health problems.
Dr. Sunder Mase, the county health official, earlier Monday called the additional deaths reported Friday “devastating to the community”; and reaffirmed how deadly the virus could be to the district’s most vulnerable residents, especially nursing home residents.
“Priority is the number one priority for the community,” Mase said Monday, to work with state infection control experts to try to get a treatment for transmitting the virus to nursing homes. “We can all help to protect our seniors by adhering to health orders.”
Of the 50 county residents who have died since Monday from virus complications, 40 have been residents of nursing homes. Of those 40 people, 28 had lived in nursing homes and the rest were in institutions of high care ages. With the fatality of the Cloverdale facility, a quarter of the county of skilled county nurses now have at least one resident death.
Jarrod Morgan, an administrator at the Cloverdale Health Center, on Monday did not respond to a reporter’s phone calls and an email asking for information about the outbreak of the virus there.
The other four nursing homes that reported at least one COVID-19-related death are: Sonoma Post Acute and Broadway Villa Post Acute, both in Sonoma; EmPres Acute Post and Rehabilitation in Petaluma; and post-acute Rehab of Petaluma. Retirement homes are required to report deaths and new infections to the California Department of Public Health, but the exact number of deaths and fresh cases in each nursing home are protected by the state for patient privacy until deaths prevail. or infections in 11 or more.
A team of medical experts’s health department who came here last week will continue to work in the field this week with local nursing homes to try to help staff stop the virus from spreading, Mase told a news conference Monday. Press.
“Hopefully they will end up visiting all the capable nursing institutions, even if they have no cases, looking at their infection control practices for prevention,” she said.
Meanwhile, county health officials reported 125 new virus infections on Saturday – the biggest day of cases reported during the pandemic – and another 114 on Sunday – the third-highest daily report – plus 83 more on Monday. to push total infection to 3,753 countywide. About 1,600 of these cases have been reported since early July, as the virus is rampant prompting Sonoma County to join the state watch list of counties struggling the most to suppress COVID-19.
Mase said the high number of cases represent the continued local spread of the virus from major outbreaks in workplaces, families, nursing homes and large and small social gatherings of friends and extended family.
In a related issue, the health officer also discussed the state’s recently resolved technical condition with its electronic COVID-19 data collection system, a problem that led to a backlog of nearly 300,000 virus test results in it. the whole state.
Mase said it is unclear how many of the backlog results include Sonoma County residents. She said the blizzard tests were processed by commercial labs like Quest Diagnostics that report results directly to the state. These tests have a lower priority than virus tests processed by the county public health lab.
Tests processed by the public health lab include those collected by county contract trackers, and lab work identifies most positive cases of the virus in the county, Mase said.
State health officials Monday said they have completed the work through the backlog of test results and have sent that data to county public health departments across the country for review. Mase confirmed that her public health team is also going through an undisputed number of delayed tests involving local residents and trying to figure out the reporting date for each.
Earlier last week, she said the daily cases of COVID-19 were likely inaccurate due to concerns in state electronic reporting. She hopes to fully update the county daily infection numbers sometime this week.
You can reach Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 707-521-5213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @pressreno.