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Novel Coronavirus outbreak at Valley West Care Facility

On Monday, the County of Colusa Department of Public Health announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at Valley West Care Center, a local Skilled Nursing Facility in Williams.

Officials said in a press release that there are 30 confirmed active cases (16 residents, and 14 staff), and testing is still ongoing for all facility staff and residents. 

The nursing facility is said to be working closely with the Colusa County Public Health to prevent public spread and ensure the safety of the home’s residents and staff. 

Additionally, a CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Team has been deployed to the facility to assist with infection control measures. 

“All positive cases have been isolated, and staff and residents are being appropriately monitored,” the County said in its press release. “Residents and their families have been notified of the outbreak.”

The county urges residents to follow current travel guidelines and practice public health measures to protect the health of their loved ones and community. 

“We are very concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19 at Valley West, and we are working closely with the Administration and the Medical Director to ensure we protect both Residents and Staff,” said Colusa County Public Health Officer, Dr. Greg Burt.

Burt said the County has asked for additional State Resources to aid in the reduction of risk for further transmission. 

“Nursing homes are high risk environments and we must do what we can to protect these patients. Unfortunately, this means we must continue to suspend in person visitation from family and loved ones,” said Dr. Burt. 

Burt added, “Please–stay home unless you absolutely need to go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from each other, and wash your hands. These simple tasks absolutely work, save lives, and will allow us to re-open business.” 

“Our hearts go out to the patients and their families during this time,” said Colusa County Board Chair Denise Carter. “We cannot stress enough that staying home is the best way to prevent additional cases, and if you must venture out for essential business, please wear a face covering.” 

As of July 20, at 3:15 PM, the County of Colusa reported 113 active cases currently in isolation for COVID-19, with three hospitalized, and no deaths. There are 181 individuals quarantined at this time. 

Since March 27, Colusa County has reported a total of 223 positive cases for COVID-19, and 110 have recovered. 

The Colusa County Public Health urges residents to follow the following protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community; this includes: stay home if you’re sick; avoiding close contact with others; wear a face covering in public; washing hands frequently; covering coughs and sneezes; and continue to clean and disinfect surfaces. 

Information and resources related to COVID-19 in Colusa County can be accessed here: https://www.countyofcolusa.org/771/COVID19. Information and resources from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) can be accessed here: https://covid19.ca.gov

 

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