More than 80 patients were being evacuated from a nursing home in Riverside Wednesday after employees of the facility failed to report for work to care for sick patients two days in a row.
The 84 patients will be moved from Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to other health care locations throughout the county.
“We have had 34 patients here test positive for (COVID-19),” Jose Arballo of the Riverside County Department of Public Health told reporters at the scene. “The county stepped in and staffed it for a day and a half, and that was not sustainable. So Dr. Cameron Kaiser, our county health officer, decided to evacuate the facility and move the patients to locations that are fully staffed and safe for them.”
According to the Riverside University Health System, the system and Kaiser Permanente sent 33 licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses to care for the residents after only one of the facility’s nursing assistants showed up to work.
There are 34 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus among the residents and five among employees, officials said.
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