Twelve individuals at a nursing facility in Yucaipa tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, March 28, county health officials say.
A resident of a second Yucaipa nursing facility is also presenting symptoms of the disease, according to a news release.
San Bernardino County Public Health professionals are working closely with both facilities to immediately test all residents and employees. County staff are there now and it’s not yet known how many residents and staff there are, county spokesman David Wert said Saturday afternoon.
An 89-year-old woman with underlying health issues who died from the illness on Thursday was a resident of the facility at which the 12 individuals tested positive Saturday, county officials say.
“This is the first instance we have had in our county of a concentrated COVID-19 outbreak,” Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson said in a news release. “The county will do everything within its ability and authority to minimize the tragedy this pandemic has the potential to create in our communities.”