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First reported case of COVID-19 in Los Altos

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A 75-year-old patient of the Los Altos Sub-acute and Rehabilitation Center in Los Altos has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the city’s first such case.

A patient at the Los Altos Sub-acute and Rehabilitation Center in Los Altos has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the representatives at the Fremont Avenue facility.

The patient is a 75-year-old male resident who was admitted to the facility on March 13 from a local hospital. The patient experienced a fever the following day and was tested for pneunomia, according the Los Altos Sub-actute officials. Results were negative, but the patient was subsequently tested for COVID-19. 

Dava A. Ashley, president of Covenant Care said in a March 19 statement the resident was isolated in a private room. "We were informed last evening of the positive test results for COVID-19," he said. 

Ashley said each of the resident’s two initial roommates who may have been exposed and staff who provided direct care to the resident are being monitored for signs and symptoms, with staff wearing appropriate protective equipment.

 "In accordance with current CDC and health department guidance, our facility continues to care for the resident, who has been quarantined, while observing isolation precautions and enhanced monitoring for all other residents," Ashley said in a statement. "No other residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time."

Sub-acute officials said they've monitored and implemented guidance from health officials. "We will continue to operate by the highest standards of safety," Ashley said. "All residents are monitored for any signs and symptoms of respiratory concerns, including daily temperatures.  All staff and essential medical personal and vendors are clinically screened prior to entry, and all our facilities continue to prohibit visitors.

"We will update our website when we have new information to share with our community, and we encourage family members to contact our individual facilities for specific information about their loved ones."

The news comes amid Gov. Gavin Newsom's March 19 order of a statewide shelter-in-place and a grim projection that 56% of the state's residents could contract the coronavirus barring preventative measures. Santa Clara County remains the hardest hit statewide with 321 confirmed cases and 13 deaths as of Monday (March 23).

Read Covenant Care's statement here.

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