Hundreds of nursing homes with positive COVID-19 cases on list published by California health department

2020-04-18 | San Jose Mercury News

April 18-- Apr. 18--At least 34 nursing homes in seven Bay Area counties have confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to a partial list the state health department made public on Saturday.

Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward has 102 such cases, with 33 staff members and 69 patients infected, the list shows, significantly higher than the 68 total of coronavirus cases released by Alameda County on Thursday, which included 13 deaths.

The list also includes Valley House Rehabilitation Center in Santa Clara, which has 63 confirmed cases, and is comprised of 86 percent of nursing facilities that reported their data within the last day. There are 1,224 skilled nursing facilities in California, and 261 have reported one or more COVID-19 cases by either a resident or staff member as of Friday.

The available state data does not include deaths or exact figures for the number of infected patients and staff at most nursing facilities. It is limited to nursing homes and does not include assisted living and other types of care facilities.

Los Angeles County's nursing facilities make up the majority of the cases, with at least 148 facilities that have infections, including a facility called Brier Oak on Sunset, which has 142 confirmed cases, according to the state.

"Even these shocking numbers are likely an undercount because the state still relies on reporting by facilities, which has been spotty at best," said Mike Dark, a staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. "The staggering death counts we will see over the next few weeks are going to reveal that these numbers are the tip of the iceberg."

The state lists 11 Santa Clara County nursing homes with infections -- the most in the Bay Area. Most of the names have not been made public by the county.

Alameda County has 10 facilities with confirmed cases, according to the list, and Contra Costa County has three facilities listed.

The Bay Area nursing homes with confirmed cases include:

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

A Grace Sub Acute and Skilled Care, Amberwood Gardens, Canyon Springs Sub Acute, Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation, The Health Care Center at the Forum at Rancho San Antonio, Los Altos Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center, Mountain View Healthcare Center, Skyline Health care Cente -- San Jose, The Terraces of Los Gatos, Valley House Rehabilitation Center and Vista Manor Nursing Center

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Alameda Healthcare and Wellness Center, East Bay Post-Acute Excell Health care Center, Garfield Neurovbehavioral Center, Redwood Convalescent Hospital, Redwood Healthcare Center, San Leandro Healthcare Center, Washington Center

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Orinda Care Center

--While Shields Richmond Nursing Center and Alhambra Convalescent Hospital are included in the state's published list, both owners of the facilities have confirmed they have had no positive cases among staff or patients.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Central Gardens, Jewish Home, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco Towers, St. Anne's Home for the Aged

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Burlingame Long Term Care, The Sequoias

SONOMA COUNTY

Apple Valley Post-Acute Rehab

MARIN COUNTY

Pine Ridge Care Center

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