COVID-19 takes its toll on Tulare County nursing facilities

Karen Elliott, Public Health Director, Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency

Outbreaks now include Linwood Meadows, Lindsay Gardens, and Redwood Springs

The Tulare County Public Health Branch announced Monday, April 27, that the Linwood Meadows facility in Visalia has 10 residents who tested positive for COVID-19. Tulare County Public Health is working alongside staff at Linwood Meadows and State experts to ensure the facility is following proper care guidelines and has appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and collection kits to expand testing for employees and other residents who are identified for testing needs.

“As public health professionals, we are concerned about these outbreaks, and we are working with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program to implement all necessary safeguards at the facility,” stated Karen Elliott, Tulare County Public Health Director.

Lindsay Gardens, another Tulare County skilled nursing facility with an outbreak, currently has 38 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, along with 14 staff and six others. The facility also has the assistance of a Cal-MAT team and other outside staff.

The Redwood Springs facility in Visalia has the worst nursing home outbreak in California. It accounts for up  to half the COVID-19 cases confirmed in Tulare County.

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