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Tenth Coronavirus Death Reported in Santa Monica Nursing Homes

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By Jorge Casuso

April 28, 2020 -- Los Angeles County health officials on Monday reported that eight of the 11 healthcare workers who have died of the coronavirus worked in skilled nursing facilities.

It is not known if any of them are among the 10 deaths reported in Santa Monica nursing homes, since the county does not distinguish in their public data if the deceased were residents or staff.

The eleven deaths are among the 942 people who have died in Los Angeles County, with 29 of the deaths reported Monday.

Nursing homes account for 40 percent of all coronavirus deaths in L.A. County, according health officials.

Of those whose deaths were reported Monday, 25 were over the age of 65 and 19 had underlying health conditions, health officials said.

To date, 92 percent of those who had the virus when they died suffered from underlying health conditions.

County health officials confirmed 900 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 20,417.

Of those, 154 have been reported in Santa Monica, with four new cases confirmed on Monday.

Healthcare workers and first responders accounted for 1,968 confirmed cases of COVID-19, health officials said. About 8 percent of those who tested positive have been hospitalized.

Nurses accounted for 43 percent of the confirmed cases, physicians accounted for 5 percent and another 5 percent of the cases were among "caregivers, receptionists, patient services, medical assistants, first responders and people working in administration."

Healthcare workers who are positive worked at 24 different settings across the County, health officials said. Thirty-five percent worked in hospitals and 35 percent in skilled nursing facilities.

About 52 percent of those who have tested positive "do not know or did not report how they were exposed," health officials said.

However, 40 of healthcare workers reported that they were exposed to COVID-19 in a healthcare facility, they said.

“Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they put themselves at risk everyday so that we all can receive excellent care," said County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

"We owe them a debt of gratitude and the protection and equipment they need to do their jobs safely," she said. "They are our heroes."

Ten nurses at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica were reinstated last week after being suspended for refusing to treat patients with COVID-19 without N95 respirator masks ("Suspended Saint John's Nurses to Return to Work," April 22, 2020).

In Sana Monica, five institutional settings reported a total of 86 cases of coronavirus, according to County data. Of those cases, 55 were among residents and 31 among staff.

There have been ten deaths in local nursing homes -- seven at the Rehabilitation Center of Santa Monica, 1338 20th Street, and three at Beachwood Post-Acute & Rehab, 1340 15th Street.

At the Rehabilitation Center, 24 residents and 10 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21 residents and 12 staff have tested positive at Beachwood.

It is not known how many of those who tested positive in the local institutional settings were residents of Santa Monica and included in the city's tally.

Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for almost 124,000 individuals, up from fewer than 30,000 on April 10.

Of those who have been tested, 14 percent were positive for the virus.

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