Three COVID-19 related deaths were reported Thursday in a nursing home in East Bay, making Alameda District one of the largest groups for coronavirus outbreaks in the Bay Area.
Excell Health Care Center on High Street in Oakland
confirmed that 36 people tested positive for COVID-19 and three patients died
“High Street has many treatment facilities in this East Oakland neighborhood and that makes it close to home,” said resident Nenna Joiner.
“We told the public health department that this would happen,” said Pat McGinnis, executive director of California Advocacy for Nursing Home Reform. “This is one of the better facilities, five-star facilities, imagine what happens at some other facility.”
The Excell Health Care Center joins the list of other nursing homes
here in Alameda District where coronavirus complications have caused death.
At least 13 people died at Gateway Rehabilitation
and Care Centers in Hayward and nationally, the numbers are bleak.
So far, there have been 9,000 deaths in more than 4,500
“The reason for this is of course they are not ready, they are
under staff, they don’t have staff training, “McGinnis said.
He added that it was the kind of thing that needed to be changed to stop the spread of the corona virus in nursing homes nationally.
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