A woman in her 80s is the latest Long Beach resident to die from COVID-19, according to health officials.
Her death brings the total number of coronavirus fatalities in the city to 52. Forty-one of those deaths have been associated with long-term care facilities like nursing homes.
The woman whose death was reported Monday was a resident at Catered Manor Nursing Center, according to data released by the city.
“Regrettably, four of our residents have passed away from complications of the COVID-19 virus while receiving care at a local acute care hospital,” the facility said in a statement on its website. “On behalf of our entire community here at Catered Manor Nursing Center, we grieve with our residents’ families as they mourn the loss of their loved ones to this insidious virus.”
In all, 22 residents and 21 staff members have tested positive for the virus at Catered Manor, officials reported.
Long Beach’s nursing homes have been a breeding ground for the coronavirus. Eight of the nursing homes with the most cases have been penalized for a high number of health violations over the past two years.
Catered Manor said they’ve taken precautions since the pandemic began including moving residents with the virus into a specific wing of the facility and ensuring all staff are wearing protective equipment.
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