FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Dycora Transitional Health and Living Manchester in central Fresno is the latest assisted living facility in the valley to face a coronavirus outbreak.
Monday, health officials confirmed 10 residents there contracted the disease.
“This is something that is going to require early intervention, but also persistent intervention,” says Dr. Rais Vohra with the Fresno County Health Department. “We just can’t let our guard down.”
According to a Dycora administrator, one has been hospitalized and the other patients are not showing any significant symptoms.
They say those patients have been put in separate living spaces and plastic walls separate them.
In the South Valley, Linwood Meadows in Visalia is the third nursing facility in Tulare County to be hit with COVID-19.
There, another 10 patients tested positive for the virus.
“They will be testing more of their staff and more of their residents, especially if there are individuals who begin to show symptoms,” says Tammie Weyker-Adskins with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.
Linwood Meadows is owned by the same cooperation that operates Visalia’s Redwood Springs nursing facility, where more than 180 people contracted the virus and 16 have died.
Just like Dycora, nine patients at Linwood are being isolated and treated at the facility while the tenth is at the hospital, but for an unrelated matter.
Both facilities are reporting no positive cases among staff members.
County health agencies are helping those facilities with the outbreaks and helping others protect themselves from potential threats.
“We mean to meet this challenge with all of the resources that we can deploy to make sure that we can protect that population,” Dr. Vohra said.
The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens in northeast Fresno is also reporting a single case.
The Fresno County Department of Health is working with other agencies to create guidelines to protect patients living in congregated living facilities.
This includes testing patients when they’re admitted into a facility, then again 14 days later and quarantining them between that period.
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