California to help Sonoma County curb COVID-19 at skilled nursing homes

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Sonoma County is calling in state experts to help rein in the coronavirus outbreaks that have led to seven recently reported deaths among residents of skilled nursing homes.

State officials already have visited local nursing homes that have experienced coronavirus outbreaks. The decision to have them take a larger role in the local response came Thursday after phone conversations with the state and several skilled nursing facilities, said Dr. Sundari Mase, the county health officer, after being asked in an interview who bore responsibility for curbing outbreaks in local nursing homes.

To date, residents of such facilities represent 25 of the 31 coronavirus deaths so far in Sonoma County.

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