COVID-19 outbreak declared at SLO assisted living facility

Seven people have tested positive so far
Posted at 9:09 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:09:25-04

An outbreak has been declared at a San Luis Obispo residential care facility after county health officials say seven people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Healthy Department says Vista Rosa Assisted Living reported Monday that test results had come back positive for a staff member and resident.

The health department says it responded and tested more than 40 people connected to the facility, including all residents and staff, and the results Tuesday showed a total of four staff members and three residents now testing positive for COVID-19.

Those with positive test results or who may have been exposed are being quarantined or placed in isolation, health officials say.

“We know COVID-19 is especially dangerous at these types of facilities, as those who live there are typically at high risk of serious COVID-19 illness and fatalities. We are focused on preventing a larger outbreak,” said County Health Officer Dr Penny Borenstein. “Those who are ill are recovering in isolation from others.”

Of the seven cases, only one person is hospitalized but is said to be stable.

The others are also said to be stable.

To date, there have been more than 350 confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County. Nearly 83 percent of those people have recovered.

In Santa Barbara County, health officials announced Tuesday five death linked to an outbreak at Country Oaks Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Santa Maria.

Twenty-five residents and 14 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The initial case was reported May 31.