Long Beach identifies two more long-term care facilities with coronavirus cases

Long Beach has identified four assisted care facilities with cases of coronavirus, but it is unclear how many residents have been infected.

Ed Kamlan, a spokesman for the city’s Joint Information Center, said the city is not providing the number of cases at this time because the numbers are changing.

The locations include:

  • Bixby Knolls Towers
  • Pacific Palms Healthcare
  • Palmcrest Grand Assisted Living
  • Long Beach Healthcare Center

Earlier this week, Long Beach reported two cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, highlighting growing concerns that the virus could soon take hold in vulnerable populations in nursing homes. It is unclear if any of the sick residents have been hospitalized.

On Friday, Long Beach Healthcare Center administrator Christine Tomlinson confirmed that the facility at 3401 Cedar Ave. near the Wrigley Highest neighborhoods has reported coronavirus in the facility but declined to say how many cases.

Tomlinson said the facility is “doing everything it can” to stop the spread of the virus and is working closely with health department officials.

Long Beach Healthcare Center last year was one of two Long Beach facilities named among the poorest in quality nursing homes in the nation. The facility for more than two years has appeared on a federal list of nursing homes with serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary problems.

For Pacific Palm Healthcare in East Long Beach, the facility’s administrator Lance Haering posted to organization’s website Wednesday said:

“Since we learned of our first resident with a positive test for COVID-19, we have worked closely with Long Beach Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On April 1st, we started working directly with Long Beach Public Health and the CDC.”

The facility’s statement went on to say workers are following infection control best practices but did not say if any of the staff or residents were in quarantine.

Bixby Knolls Towers in a post on its website, last week, said the nursing home is “asking that no visitors come to our community unless the visit is absolutely essential.” A representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Representatives for Palmcrest could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].