For Immediate Release
April 18, 2020
Contact Deborah Pacyna
The California Association of Health Facilities released the following statement regarding the release of statewide data on the number of skilled nursing facilities with COVID-19 positive residents or employees.
"We hope this information will help the state determine locations where the need is greatest and take action. The focus should be on the delivery of personal protective equipment to these facilities as well as prioritized testing of skilled nursing workers to prevent further spread.
The numbers show about 80 percent of nursing home are COVID-19 free, and that’s a credit to nursing home workers who isolated patients from visitors early on, ramped up infection prevention protocols and refused to take COVID positive patients from the hospital.
Any COVID positive case in a facility is troubling but not unexpected especially given the persistence of this virus.
With the right equipment and additional staffing support from the counties and state, we remain hopeful for a full recovery of sick residents and staff members."