Fears Growing About Outbreak In SF Nursing Home

Holly Quan
March 31, 2020 - 8:05 am

San Francisco officials are worried that new cases could accelerate rapidly in the city if officials can’t deal with a growing outbreak at one of the state’s biggest nursing homes.

The city wants state and federal help with staff and equipment at Laguna Honda Hospital, which houses 750 people. Officials are worried that the virus could tear through the vulnerable, elderly population. 

They're trying to prevent a repeat of the outbreak that struck a nursing home in Washington state where 35 people died at the 120-resident facility near Seattle.

“This is a very vulnerable population, more testing needs to be done,” said Mayor London Breed in a Monday. ”It’s going to be important that we have the resources and we have the support necessary to protect and save lives."

So far, two patients and nine staff members have tested positive, and dozens of results are still pending.

Breed said only six doctors have been sent from the state and feds to help.

“This is just a start, and I’m grateful for what we’ve received,” said Breed. “But I want to be clear that it’s not nearly enough to get us to a better place in regards to Laguna Honda hospital.”

Meanwhile, the latest numbers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, still anchored in San Francisco Bay, show that 108 passengers and crew tested positive. But that’s just among those that opted to be screened, not everyone did while onboard or in quarantine.