Patients inside California nursing homes and assisted living facilities are dying in record numbers from the coronavirus. As a result of the pandemic, there is no oversight to ensure patient safety. And now, healthcare lobbyists are asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to use his emergency powers and grant nursing homes and assisted living facilities immunity from criminal and civil actions resulting from the coronavirus.
For the loved ones whose parents or grandparents have died inside these facilities, they deserve answers first. “It is premature to grant immunity without a proper investigation into the deaths at these nursing homes and assisted living faclitieis,” Mohinder Mann, COVID-19 Coalition founding member and attorney, said. “The nursing home industry has a long track record of understaffing and compromising patient safety. Until there is a full investigation, any immunity is short-sighted and sure to lead to more deaths.”
The New York Times is reporting that as many as 7,000 coronavirus deaths can be tied to nursing homes around the country. And that more than 36,000 nursing home residents and employees have been infected.
“Generally speaking, these nursing home employees have put their life on the line by taking care of coronavirus patients,” Mann said. “Sadly, employers and facility owners have been slow to respond to the needs of both workers and patients.”
In California, of the 1,224 skilled nursing facilities in California, 261 have reported one or more COVID-19 cases by either a resident or staff member as of April 17, 2020.
In the Bay Area, 34 nursing homes in seven Bay Area counties have confirmed cases of coronavirus. Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward has 102 such cases, with 33 staff members and 69 patients infected.
The list includes:
- Valley House Rehabilitation Center in Santa Clara, with 63 confirmed cases.
- Orinda Care Center, with 53 cases among staff and residents and four deaths.
- Carlton Senior Living, five patients have died among the 35 who tested positive for COVID-19, and 23 staff members have contracted the virus.
- Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, reported 91 residents and 46 employees who had positive.
- The Brier Oak on Sunset skilled nursing center in Los Angeles, reported 80 residents and 62 employees had been infected.
This data is comprised of a point in time snapshot of the 86% of Skilled Nursing Facilities who reported their data to the State of California. There are 1224 Skilled Nursing Facilities in California and 258 have reported having one or more COVID-19 case by either a resident or a health care worker as of April 17, 2020.
|Facility Name||County||Sum of Staff COVID-19 Positive Count||Sum of Patients COVID-19 Positive Count|
|EAST BAY POST-ACUTE||ALAMEDA||23||25|
|EXCELL HEALTH CARE CENTER||ALAMEDA||<11||<11|
|GARFIELD NEUROBEHAVIORAL CENTER||ALAMEDA||<11|
|GATEWAY CARE & REHABILITATION CENTER||ALAMEDA||33||69|
|MERCY RETIREMENT & CARE CENTER||ALAMEDA||<11|
|REDWOOD CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL INC||ALAMEDA||<11||<11|
|REDWOOD HEALTHCARE CENTER LLC||ALAMEDA||<11||<11|
|SAN LEANDRO HEALTHCARE CENTER||ALAMEDA||<11||<11|
|ORINDA CARE CENTER LLC||CONTRA COSTA||28||30|
|PINE RIDGE CARE CENTER||MARIN||<11|
|WINDSOR THE RIDGE REHABILITATION CENTER||MONTEREY||<11||<11|
|CENTRAL GARDENS||SAN FRANCISCO||26||36|
|JEWISH HOME D/P SNF||SAN FRANCISCO||<11|
|KINDRED TRANSITIONAL CARE AND REHABILITATION-TUNNELL CENTER||SAN FRANCISCO||<11|
|LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL & REHABILITATION CTR D/P SNF||SAN FRANCISCO||<11|
|SAN FRANCISCO TOWERS||SAN FRANCISCO||<11|
|ST ANNES HOME FOR THE AGED||SAN FRANCISCO||<11|
|BURLINGAME LONG TERM CARE D/P SNF||SAN MATEO||<11||<11|
|THE SEQUOIAS||SAN MATEO||<11|
|A GRACE SUB ACUTE & SKILLED CARE||SANTA CLARA||<11|
|AMBERWOOD GARDENS||SANTA CLARA||<11|
|CANYON SPRINGS POST-ACUTE||SANTA CLARA||25||39|
|CEDAR CREST NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER||SANTA CLARA||19||38|
|HEALTH CARE CTR AT THE FORUM AT RANCHO SAN ANTONIO||SANTA CLARA||<11|
|LOS ALTOS SUB-ACUTE AND REHABILITATION CENTER||SANTA CLARA||<11|
|MOUNTAIN VIEW HEALTHCARE CENTER||SANTA CLARA||<11||<11|
|SKYLINE HEALTHCARE CENTER - SAN JOSE||SANTA CLARA||<11||<11|
|THE TERRACES OF LOS GATOS||SANTA CLARA||<11|
|VALLEY HOUSE REHABILITATION CENTER||SANTA CLARA||21||42|
|VISTA MANOR NURSING CENTER||SANTA CLARA||<11||<11|
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