This COVID19.ca.gov chart is refreshed automatically with latest data, displayed below on the Benicia Independent. For Solano County, scroll down to “Positive Patients by County” and click on “Solano.” Then come back up to the top.
Coronavirus outbreak at Fairfield nursing home
FOX2 KTVU News, September 15, 2020
31 nursing home residents and eight staff members at Parkrose Garden nursing home in Fairfield have tested positive for COVID-19.
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – A Fairfield nursing home is dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak, amid criticism from some staff and families.
Parkrose Gardens is a 102-bed facility that specializes in memory care: dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“I would like to figure out a way to talk to my mom,” said the daughter of one resident, who is among 31 to test positive for coronavirus,” she said.
The daughter preferred to stay anonymous, to protect her mother, 69, diagnosed with dementia while in her mid-50’s.
“I’ve been told she is okay and doesn’t show symptoms, but I want to see that for myself, I want to talk to her, it worries me,” she said.
She is also concerned that many employees she has come to know over two years are gone.
“I know they’re completely understaffed right now, a lot of people left, probably scared, I wouldn’t want to work somewhere that everyone has COVID.
Outside the facility Monday, employees declined to describe conditions inside.
“I don’t want to lose my job,” shrugged one.
Off-camera, one health care worker at Parkrose told KTVU that proper protocols were not followed, leading to the outbreak.
“I haven’t hugged my dad since March,” admitted one woman, arriving to retrieve her elder father’s belongings after his death at Parkrose.
He had been in 2-week quarantine after testing positive, but she believes his death was from other causes.
“As far as I know my dad did not die of the virus, he died because he was 94 years old with dementia and was ready to go, and died in his sleep, peacefully.”
Parkrose Gardens is owned by Meridian Senior Living, which owns 11 congregate living facilities in California and dozens more across the country.
In a statement, it responded, in part: “We are continuing to monitor and adjust out precautions…we will continue to implement the stringent infection control policies and practices.”
But communication remains a sore spot.
“I’m used to talking to my mom every other day,” said the daughter, who feels certain her mother is distressed and confused at her isolation and change in routine.
“She doesn’t understand what’s going on, she doesn’t even understand there’s a coronavirus going on.”
Her mom has an iPad but the last time they were able to speak on Facetime was prior to her positive test.
“They say not they can’t give her the iPad because of risking contamination, or the Wi-Fi doesn’t reach to her room, so there are all these obstacles.”
She hopes for direct contact and more details about the scope of the outbreak.
“I’m not blaming anyone, I just want some answers.”
Solano County Issues Countywide Curfew Order for June 2 and June 3, 2020
[Editor: Peter Khoury ranks Solano County’s excellent COVID-19 Dashboard 3rd among the Bay Area’s 9 counties. He also points out areas for improvement. Read through to the end for Khoury’s call to action. – R.S.]
A ranking of Bay Area Counties’ COVID-19 DashboardsPhoenix Data Project, by Peter Khoury, April 2, 2020
The link article from the Harvard Business Review discusses Lessons from Italy’s response to Coronavirus. In particular they cite the need for lots of data, the need for micro-scale data, and the need for data standardization. The Bay Area is largely falling flat on all of these fronts. I rank the Bay Area counties’ dashboards below, but really they should all be unified displaying lots of consistent high quality information on all of them. At the bottom of the rankings I tell you how to take action.
These rankings are a tongue in cheek way to motivate / shame counties to improve the state of their information and communication with the public. However ideally the counties would all coordinate with each other and unify their information so that we can see trends across the entire Bay Area.
1st Place Santa Clara County
Santa Clara’s dashboard shot up in the rankings from 6th previously to 1st because it is not just one dashboard it is three. I’ve shown here to the left my favorite of the three, the hospital dashboard. This includes such vital information such as ventilators available and breaks down bed availability into acute beds and ICU beds. The graphs on the righthand side of the dashboard will show evolution of hospital resources over time. Really quality really excellent information.
Two additional asks which would make it even better. Create an API or easy way to download the data. Split the hospitalized patients into age groups like Solano county does.
2nd Place Sonoma County
Sonoma County’s dashboard excels. It has
the number of tests being run
the date the data was collected
cases by county region
the information in text form (if desired)
3rd Place Solano County
Solano county promises to have much of the information Sonoma county does but isn’t quite there yet.
The one thing Solano county deserves credit for is separating the cases by age into hospitalized and non-severe. This will be incredibly useful information going forward. I would encourage Solano county to further separate out the 19-64 year old age ranges.
4th Place Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County added information about testing and hospitalizations to their website. They’re also displaying the information as evolving over time which is good. There could be much more information at a finer granularity but its definitely good progress.
5th Place Marin County
Not nearly as good as the Solano and Sonoma but they are still providing hospitalization numbers. Their display of information could use a lot of work.
6th Place tie Napa and San Mateo County
San Mateo isn’t really providing much more than a case count and deaths. They do have this broken down by age but unlike the Solano county data the age breakdown doesn’t give me much additional useful information.
It does show the cases growing exponentially.
Napa county doesn’t break down the cases by age but it does breakdown the cases by area.
7th Place San Francisco
Last Place Joint Alameda and the City of Berkeley
The Alameda county website is incredibly flawed because of the “* Numbers exclude City of Berkeley cases.” I mean come on guys this is a local, regional, state, national, and global health emergency and Alameda County and the city of Berkeley can’t coordinate with each other?
I have found that the best way to improve your local county’s dashboard is to start calling your local politicians and to get your friends to call your local politicians. If you do not live in the Bay Area, go to your local county’s COVID-19 website and place it in these rankings. If you find it lacking, demand more information. At a minimum the website should have the information in bold.
Hospital beds available
ICU Beds available
Total number of tests conducted (this counts tests run multiple times on one person)
Total number of test conducted on unique individuals
Total number of tests that were positive for COVID-19