4 deaths, 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Redondo Beach senior home

Four people have died at a nursing and memory care community in Redondo Beach after 22 residents and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.

Kensington Redondo Beach located off Pacific Coast Highway is one of the Kensington facilities that operate throughout the country.

Early last month, a staff member at the facility began displaying flu-like symptoms. They were sent home and were eventually hospitalized. By mid-March, the staff member tested positive for COVID-19, along with two residents at the facility.

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Now, the facility has 22 positive coronavirus cases and four deaths.

The managing director said some of the residents who died had other underlying health conditions and it remains unclear if they died from other diseases, COVID-19, or a combination.

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On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told residents to consider removing loved loves from local nursing homes if it’s safe.

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More than 80 patients at a skilled nursing facility in Riverside were evacuated Wednesday morning to other healthcare locations after employees of the facility did not show up to care for sick patients two days in a row. 

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In L.A. County, health officials confirmed as of Wednesday morning, there are 550 positive COVID-19 cases at nursing homes with 40 fatalities. Those numbers have not yet distinguished residents and staff.

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