California nursing home coronavirus outbreaks (Reports).
Officials with Los Angeles County are responding to coronavirus outbreaks at 11 separate nursing homes. The county has named all the homes, which include the Alameda Care Center in Burbank, Silverado Beverly Place in Los Angeles and Kensington Assisted Living in Redondo Beach.
On Friday, the county was reporting just three nursing home outbreaks, meaning the number of outbreaks in homes grew almost four times over four days. Officials consider an outbreak to be any location or facility that has three or more confirmed coronavirus cases. They are also investigating several additional nursing homes that are reporting just one or two cases of the virus.
Nursing homes are particularly concerning to health care officials; the coronavirus is most deadly for patients over 60 or those with underlying health conditions. Of the 44 coronavirus-related deaths in Los Angeles County, 6 have been nursing home residents according to the Los Angles Times.
One of the first major infection hot spots was at a nursing home in Washington. Life Care Center in Kirkland saw a large outbreak that infected two thirds of the residents, 47 workers and killed 37 people.
Nursing homes are also grappling with federal guidelines that say homes should continue to accept residents who are returning from the hospital, without requiring proof that they are virus-free.