Coronavirus outbreak worsens at Modoc County Skilled Nursing Facility

Modoc Medical Center is at full capacity and the Covid-19 outbreak at the Warnerville Skilled Nursing Facility in Alturas has worsened.

Posted: Dec 15, 2020 5:14 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2020 9:06 AM

Update 5:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 - A coronavirus outbreak is growing worse at a Modoc County nursing home.

Four more residents of the Warnerville Skilled Nursing Facility" in Alturas tested positive this week. 

Since Monday the tally is 28 of the 36 people who live at the nursing facility are infected.

The home is operated by the Modoc Medical Center Health Care District.

CEO Kevin  Kramer said,  "Of those 28 who tested positive three have recovered. The majority of the rest have low-level symptoms or asymptomatic." 

"That's good news," added Kramer. He said he hopes that continues to be the case "

17 staff have tested positive in December 2020, according to Kramer. 23 staff total have tested positive since March of 2020.

Kramer also said Modoc Medical Center is at full capacity.

Kramer did not blame that on the number of Covid-19 patients, but said it is because of pneumonia and other issues that surface this time of year.

CEO Kramer is asking everyone in the community to practice Covid-19 prevention protocols to help the situation.

ALTURAS, Calif. - Three more residents of a Modoc County care home tested positive for coronavirus.

Modoc Medical Center CEO Kevin Kramer provided an update to Action News Now Tuesday, saying 24 of 36 residents have now tested positive in the Warnerville Skilled Nursing Facility in Alturas. It is operated by the Modoc Medical Center Healthcare District.

Kramer said most of the residents who tested positive have minor symptoms and are being treated with antibody and steroid drug therapy. He also said the two who went to the hospital have since been treated and returned to Warnerville and are in "good shape."

Kramer explained in a recorded YouTube statement that Covid-positive residents are being isolated from the others in a hallway converted to a COVID-19 ward.

Workers have been impacted by the outbreak too. Kramer said, "Multiple staff members have tested positive. We have had 19 staff members test positive since October. A majority of them have recovered, but some of them are still out."

Kramer told Action News Now that they reached out, and the state provided three nurses to help with staffing.

Also, as part of a state-approved mitigation plan, because of a staff shortage, staff who are asymptomatic and confirmed positive are allowed to care for coronavirus patients. They must wear safety gear at all times.

He's urging everyone in the community to do their part to help slow the spread and not overwhelm the local healthcare system by wearing masks, social distancing, and not gathering.

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