Nursing Facilities Task Force
Patient Safety Measures
Monday, April 6, 2020____ The
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has established a
multiagency Nursing Facilities Task Force aimed at mitigating the spread of
COVID-19 among the county’s most vulnerable residents, and the Acting County
Health Officer has issued an order requiring nursing facilities to take
multiple steps to protect their elderly and health-compromised clients.
171 state-licensed nursing facilities in San Bernardino County caring for at
of the county’s most at-risk residents. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday
identified San Bernardino County as one of four nursing home “hotspots” in the
County is dedicating every resource we can to fighting the spread of COVID-19,”
said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This task force will focus on
supporting our senior living facilities in their efforts to preserve the safety
of their residents.”
Work on forming
the task force began early last week after a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at
Cedar Mountain Post-Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa. Seventy-five residents and
staff at the facility have tested positive and five residents have died of
causes related to COVID-19. Later in the week, an outbreak was detected at the
Reche Canyon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Colton, with eight
residents and seven staff testing positive and one resident succumbing to the
disease to date.
County of San Bernardino is moving quickly to get a handle on the spread of
COVID-19 in nursing homes. This task force will be an integral component of the
County’s ability to protect our vulnerable senior population,” said Third
District Supervisor Dawn Rowe. Both the Yucaipa and Colton facilities are
located in her district.
Nursing Facilities Task Force includes County Public Health and other County
agencies, the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease
Control, Inland Empire Health Plan, and other emergency management and hospital
force will proactively identify, map, and assess readiness for COVID-19 at
nursing facilities throughout the county with the intent of identifying
strategic sites that may act as COVID-19-positive sites to further mitigate
spread among our most-vulnerable residents,” said County Public Health Director
County Public Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson today issued an order requiring
nursing facilities to employ any means necessary to cease the use of staff
members who also work at other nursing facilities. The order also requires
nursing home staff to wear protective gear to prevent them from spreading
illness to residents, requires staff members to monitor their temperatures, and
forbids them from entering facilities if they have symptoms of any contagious
illness. The order can be viewed by clicking here.
appropriate precautions and procedures, nursing homes can create a tragically
ideal environment for the spread of viruses among those who are most
susceptible to symptoms and complications,” Gustafson said.
As an immediate
response to the Reche Canyon outbreak, County Public Health launched an
aggressive testing campaign at the Colton facility and secured assistance from
the State Department of Public Health, which regulates nursing facilities. The
Yucaipa and Colton facilities are not affiliated.
County Public Health will provide testing supplies and staff assistance to
other facilities in the county affiliated with Cedar Mountain to aid in the
testing of symptomatic residents and staff. The County is also assisting the
City of Yucaipa in its plans to conduct a community testing event in the city
County has 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 13 county
residents ranging in age from 42 to 95 have been associated with the disease.
appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since
Jan. 25 to protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.
about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com New
information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the
COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909)
387-3911, or email the County at firstname.lastname@example.org