Coronavirus: 3 dead, 66 infected at Marin County nursing home – Marin Independent Journal

Sixty-six people have contracted the coronavirus at a San Rafael nursing home and three of them have died, the facility confirmed Thursday.

The number of cases at Post Marin Acute has more than doubled since last week. By Thursday, 49 residents and 17 staff had tested positive for the virus at the 170-bed facility on North San Pedro Road, according to the state Department of Public

“All staff and all residents who have not already tested positive are being tested every week,” facility spokesman Dan Kramer said in an email.

County health officials this week reported four new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Marin’s COVID-19 death toll to 22. It is unclear whether the data include the three deaths at Post Marin Acute, officials said, due to a delay in reporting.

The four deaths reported this week — one on Tuesday and three on Wednesday — included a 99-year-old woman, an 89-year-old woman, a 72-year-old man and a woman between the ages of 65 and 79, county health officials said.

The patients’ death records do not state whether COVID-19 was the leading cause of death, but each of them had tested positive for the virus, said Dr. Lisa Santora, the county’s deputy public health officer.

Wednesday was the deadliest day of the pandemic in California, and in Marin, the three fatalities reported tied the record for the highest one-day increase in deaths set on March 30.

Public health officials across the state reported 151 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, far surpassing the previous single-day high of 122 deaths set on May 19, according to data compiled by the Bay Area News Group. It was the third consecutive day in which the reported COVID-19 death toll topped 100, a first for California, providing a grim answer to the question of whether deaths would rise amid the wave of new cases that has followed moves to lift lockdown orders and restart the state’s stalled economy.

Senior homes have been a major hotspot for coronavirus transmission in Marin, representing about 10% of infections in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

But 90% of people who have tested positive for the virus in Marin are below the age of 65, according to public health data.

People between the ages of 19 and 34 are the hardest-hit age group, representing 31% of the total infections in the county, followed by people between the ages of 35 and 49, representing 27% of cases. Another 16% of people who have tested positive are age 18 or younger. officials said young people are testing positive at higher rates because workplaces are key locations where the virus is spreading. cases jumped by 63 in Marin on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 1,650 since the first case was reported in March. officials said 1,237 people who tested positive have recovered.

The county’s hospitals were treating 32 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, including inmates from San Quentin State Prison.

But the tally of cases and deaths in Marin does not include infections at the prison, which had 1,320 active cases on Thursday, 636 of which were confirmed in the past two weeks. The prison has recorded seven coronavirus-related deaths, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Additionally, 200 staff have contracted the virus.

The outbreak began after 121 inmates were transferred to San Quentin on June 1 from the coronavirus-stricken California Institution for Men in Chino.

“It has been incredibly frustrating,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference Thursday. “That decision created the chain of events that we are now addressing and dealing with.”

In response to the coronavirus, which has infected 2,328 California prisoners, the state has been releasing non-violent offenders who were within two months of being released. That strategy has reduced the population at San Quentin from 4,051 in March to 3,482 by the end of the June. Newsom said the state’s plan is to further reduce the total to 3,076 “within the next few weeks.”

This week, authorities began the expedited release of inmates within six months of their release date.

The Bay Area News Group contributed to this report.

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