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San Jose care facility has now has 11 positive COVID-19 cases; 15 awaiting test results

While many in the Bay Area shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, a new cluster is forming in a San Jose nursing home where cases continued to climb this week.

Eleven people — four staff and seven patients — at Canyon Springs Post-Acute Care in East San Jose have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon. The skilled nursing facility’s operators are working with county health experts to monitor San Jose News the rest of the staff and patients and test those who have symptoms. The director is urging families to take their loved ones home.

Canyon Springs’ director first notified families that two patients and one staff member had tested positive for the potentially deadly coronavirus — with one patient hospitalized and another released before the tests came back. By Thursday, three more employees at the nursing home had tested positive. In addition to five positive patient test results released Friday afternoon, four other people being monitored overnight tested negative, a spokesman for the facility said.

The people who tested positive are in isolation from other residents and staff, according to representatives from Canyon Springs Post-Acute Care.

But that is likely not the end of it. Test results are pending for three more employees and 12 residents who have shown symptoms of the virus. It was unclear Friday when Press Release Distribution Services In San Jose those test results would be back.

The Santa Clara County health department responded by email Friday, saying that it was working with facilities that have outbreaks to monitor cases and help with testing. It would not comment about the situation at Canyon Springs.

“The rapidly evolving situation is being closely monitored, and we are coordinating outreach and training for the affected long-term care facilities,” the statement said.

The surge in cases at Canyon Springs comes amid alarming outbreaks at several other Bay Area nursing homes and elder residences. Contra Costa County health officials on Friday announced an outbreak at a senior care facility in Orinda. So far, 27 patients have tested positive for the virus there.

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