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UPDATE: 14 coronavirus-related deaths, 130 positive cases reported at Kingston Healthcare Center

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UPDATE (May 21): There have now been 53 healthcare workers and 77 residents at Kingston Healthcare Center who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of today, according to Kern County Public Health.

The department says there have also been 14 resident deaths. Four more nurses have begun working at the facility, the department said. State-deployed staff have started leaving the facility this week.

At Valley Convalescent, 18 residents and 16 workers have tested positive, according to KCPH. No deaths have been reported. The department said 78 people have been tested at the facility.

The department said 96 percent of residents who tested positive have fully recovered or are recovering at home.


UPDATE: There have now been 49 healthcare workers and 67 residents at Kingston who have tested positive from COVID-19 as of today, the Kern County Public Health said.

There are now 11 residents who have died from the coronavirus out of 107 total residents, according to the department. The 11 deaths make up around half of the total deaths in Kern County.

A CAL MAT team that was sent by the state to respond to the outbreak will be staying on site through May 24.

KCPH also said it is monitoring Valley Convalescent Hospital, which has reported that nine out of 69 total residents have tested positive and that seven staff members out of 118 also tested positive.

Additional nursing facilities that have reported positive cases include the Orchards Post-Acute, Rosewood Health Facility and Height Street Skilled Care.

A total of five out of 19 Kern County skilled nursing facilities have reported infections., representing around a quarter of local nursing homes.

KCPH said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will deliver a two-week supply personal protective equipment to every skilled nursing facility.

KCPH has hired three more staff members to conduct testing at nursing homes, starting with Valley Convalescent this Friday.


KCPH Director Matt Constantine said the state has sent a 39-member California Medical Assistance team to the Kingston center to respond to the outbreak there.

On Saturday, he said KCPH requested four additional nursing staff from the state to help “prop up and ensure an adequate level of care at this skilled nursing facility.” Constantine said three of the nurses arrived on Sunday and the other is expected soon.

A set of 20 new employees are expected to start at the facility next week, Constantine said.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Seven residents at Kingston Healthcare Center, the site of a huge outbreak of coronavirus cases, have died from complications of the virus, according to county officials.

That number marks nearly half the county’s total death toll from COVID-19.

County administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said at least 86 people — including staff — have tested positive at the facility. Last Friday, 17 News’ Alex Fisher was the first to report the outbreak at Kingston.

The facility is regulated by the state, not Kern County, and the California Department of Public Health has sent dozens of health care workers to make up for a staffing shortage at Kingston.

Located at 329 Real Road, the facility has been cited 15 times by the state Department of Public Health since 2015. At least one current lawsuit against Kingston — unrelated to the coronavirus cases — alleges the facility is chronically understaffed.

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