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COVID-19 Update

Friday, May 1, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #14 Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

As of April 30, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak at the Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has resulted in 67 positive cases amongst residents as well as 30 positive cases amongst staff members. Thirty-seven residents and 132 staff members have tested negative. All residents and staff have been tested and there are several inconclusive tests requiring retesting. Seven residents of the facility have passed away.

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (TNRC) has left an indelible mark on the citizens of Turlock. This facility, located in the heart of our community, has significant ties to many local families and close friends throughout Turlock.

“The loss of life and significant level of COVID-19 infections that has occurred in the facility has brought the global pandemic to our doorstep,” Mayor Bublak reacted. “It is heartbreaking to experience this loss in our community and we must continue to be diligent in our social distancing efforts and personal responsibility to stop the spread by staying home as much as possible. I cannot say it enough, please wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear face coverings when out in public.”

The City continues to support the work of the State and County Health partners to ensure the safety of those at TNRC and the other skilled nursing facilities in the City of Turlock. City staff has completed an assessment of other local facilities to supplement the existing efforts at the State and County level. This assessment included phone calls and site visits to ensure all viable efforts are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus to this most vulnerable population. The results of this assessment indicate these local facilities have taken the health and safety guidance seriously and applied the necessary protocols and safety procedures appropriately.

Vice Mayor Andrew Nosrati stated, “The efforts of staff of the skilled nursing facilities in Turlock are truly appreciated and we continue to support their efforts, adherence, and response to the pandemic.”

Council member Nicole Larson noted, “The restraint by families to forgo visitation to families, friends, and loved ones is critical to preventing another outbreak. We continue to encourage our citizens to find other creative ways to stay connected to our family members in these locations.”

Diligent efforts are continuing in conjunction with Stanislaus County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and other partners to complete the contact tracing, learn from this tragedy, and apply and share those lessons with others to assist in preventing future outbreaks.

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