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Dozens Test Positive for Covid-19 at Riverside Nursing Facility

Posted at 4:01 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 07:15:21-04

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — About 30 patients and some staff members from a Riverside skilled nursing facility have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a press release from Riverside County Public Health officials.

Officials are still waiting on the results for remaining tests from other patients and employees at the facility, which has more than 90 beds.

While awaiting those test results, officials say the facility is taking precautions to stop the spread.

The facility is closed to new patients, and staff members are not allowed to work at other facilities. Sick patients have been isolated, and all patients are being closely monitored. Staff members are using personal protective equipment, and those who test positive will be removed from work until being medically cleared.

On Saturday, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home.

Dr. Kaiser also ordered everyone to wear a face covering when leaving home, including essential workers.

As of Sunday, there are 799 confirmed novel coronavirus cases overall and 19 COVID-19 related deaths in Riverside County.