Seven County Nursing Homes Have Sustained Multiple Confirmed Coronavirus Fatalities

As of this afternoon, seven nursing or convalescent care facilities in San Bernardino County had experienced multiple coronavirus-related fatalities.
Leading that list is the Cedar Mountain Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center in Yucaipa, where 18 patients have succumbed to the illness. At least 71 residents there, 34 employees and seven others who had contact with the facility in some capacity have contracted the malady.
At the Reche Canyon Regional Rehabilitation Center in Colton, five residents there have died in a manner associated with the coronavirus, and 22 residents, 16 employees and four others tied to the center’s function had contracted the virus.
All three residents at the Ontario Healthcare Center in Ontario who contracted the condition have died. One other person associated with the facility who is not a patient contracted the virus.
At the 37-acre Plymouth Village in Redlands, three of the eight residents who caught the virus have expired and six employees have tested positive.
Three of those in residence at the San Antonio Post Acute/Villa Mesa Care Center in Upland have died. In addition, 24 residents and four employees tested positive for COVID-19.
The Spring Valley Post Acute Center in Victorville suffered two deaths among the three residents who became infected. Two employees and one other person associated with the facility have tested positive.
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Joshua Tree has lost two patients to the disease among the 12 who have come down with it there. Seven employees have contracted COVID-19 and it has infected one other person who had regular access to the home.
There has been one death each at the Asistencia Villa Rehabilitation and Care Center in, Redlands and the Calimesa Post Acute Care Center in Yucaipa. The Calimesa Post Acute Care Center had 41 residents who tested positive for the condition.
At the Green Valley Home Health Services Home in Apple Valley, one employee has been infected.
At the Inland Christian Home in Ontario, ten employees became infected.
At Las Colinas Post Acute Care in Ontario, four residents and seven employees are sick with the disease.
Laurel Wellness and Nursing Center in Fontana has one infected employee.
A single employee at the Neurological Subacute – Community Hospital of San Bernardino in San Bernardino has tested positive.
One employee at the Terracina Post Acute Care Center in Redlands is likewise infected.
Throughout the county, there have been 188 total known cases of COVID-19 among residents in the county’s nursing facilities.
In response to Governor Gavin Newsom paring back his stay-at-home order, San Bernardino County officials said that as of tomorrow the county’s public health order will be tweaked to allow recreational areas at parks and golf courses to be opened to the public with the proviso that those there practice safe social distancing and use face coverings.
Hiking, biking, boating and other non-contact outdoor activities, including golf and tennis will be allowed.
Chino Hills, which closed its trails on April 1 after a glut of people began showing up at its parks and were not observing social distancing, announced this morning that it will reopen all 48 miles of city trails to the public starting Saturday, April 25, pursuant to the observance of safety protocols.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman and former Chino Hills Mayor Curt Hagman said, “Like other local governments, we are carefully following the rules mandated by the state to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, and we are closely following the governor’s timeline for relaxing some of our social distancing requirements. There are policies we as a county can control, and so we’re pleased to make this announcement.”
Meanwhile, there is uneven conformance and in some cases defiance throughout the county with the mandate that nonessential businesses be shuttered. Some retail shops, barber shops, car washes, electronic device stores, nail salons, tattoo shops and other commercial establishments remain open for business.
Some residents have expressed dismay at the circumstance, while others have expressed approval by patronizing those businesses.
Since March 17, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has sent out more than 650 advisal letters instructing non-essential businesses to close or alter operations after receiving complaints about them operating in violation of health orders.
It is unclear what sanction the county will use on those who continue to defy the mandate.
The county has created a COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 and provides a form to alert authorities of violations of governmental orders.
U.S. Federal Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. on Thursday April 23, ordered immigration officials to reduce the number of people held at the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center to allow safe distancing among inmates during the pandemic.
Judge Hatter said immigration officials must reduce the detainee population in Adelanto, starting with the release of at least 100 immigrants by Monday, April 27, and 150 more by April 30.
The detainee population, Hatter mandated, must be thinned from its current level of roughly 1,300 men and women to “a level that would allow the remaining detainees to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from each other at all times and at all places, including while sleeping, eating, showering, and going about other daily activities, except when there is a medical necessity or a safety emergency.”
Hatter’s order came in response to a filing for a preliminary injunction made by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and the law firm of Latham & Watkins, a follow-up to a lawsuit filed earlier this month alleging that conditions at the Adelanto center endangered the lives of detainees during the coronavirus crisis.
As of late this afternoon, 80 people in San Beranrdino County are known to have died from COVID-19 and 1,666 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Leave a Reply