Authorities on Thursday considered evacuating residents from a California nursing home after 156 people tested positive for the coronavirus and 10 died in the largest publicly reported outbreak so far in a California nursing home.
The Central Valley care home is one of many “hot spots” still popping up around the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said as he warned of the continued need for vigilance, even as the state begins to consider easing restrictive measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
“We’re still seeing hot spots throughout the state,” Newsom said at his daily briefing. He cited an outbreak of 51 cases at a food distribution facility in the San Joaquin Valley as another example.
More than 950 people have died from the virus in California, according to Johns Hopkins University. Los Angeles County, which has nearly half the statewide deaths, on Thursday reported 55 new deaths, its highest daily death toll by far.
“It really reflects the devastating power of COVID-19,” said the county’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer.
At the Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, 106 residents and 50 staff members tested positive for the virus and 10 people have died, nursing…