An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland has grown to 64 cases. The California Department of Public Health says the hospital within the St. John’s Retirement Village has had 31 residents and 33 staff test positive. Six residents have died.
The county first announced the outbreak April 13, when there were 35 confirmed cases, but officials did not release the name of the facility. At the time, 23 residents and 12 staff had tested positive and one person had died.
All residents and staff have since been tested and families of each have been notified. The public wasn’t notified until the CDPH released the names of all such facilities with COVID-19 cases late last week. Not all of the tests have made it through a lab, so neither the county nor the facility knows how many people are carrying the virus.
A news release from Yolo County says Stollwood has implemented multiple measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents and staff including testing of all staff before shifts.
Another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Californian Assisted Living and Dementia Care facility in Woodland. This resident was transferred to Stollwood as the facility had already put COVID-19 response measures in place.
The facility has received help from various outside medical and government agencies. Employees of emergency medical services, County Public Health, and medical providers have been helping care for residents.
Local restaurants and Dignity Health have been providing meals.
Yolo County Public Health issued an order on March 13 for all nursing homes in Yolo County to restrict visitors and non-essential personnel.
The county says it will soon launch a new online dashboard dedicated to providing data on long term care facilities with a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak.
“While the long term care facility numbers are devastating, the number of COVID-19 cases in the community remains low and the healthcare system continues to have full capacity to care for sick people,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “This is heartening and is a direct result of the public’s efforts to socially distance and shelter in place.”
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