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Most Nursing Home Staff in LA County Have Co-Workers Infected With COVID-19, Poll Finds

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Nearly 90% of nursing home staff in LA County said there were known or suspected COVID-19 cases among staff at their facilities. (California Health Care Foundation)

A majority of nursing home employees surveyed say they’re working at facilities where staff has contracted COVID-19, according to a new poll released by the California Health Care Foundation.

Statewide, 76% of nursing home employees reported known or suspected COVID-19 cases among staff at their workplaces. In L.A. County, that number is even higher — with 89% of employees surveyed reporting infections amongst their co-workers.

The poll surveyed 353 certified nursing assistants and other nursing home staff throughout the state from June 5 to July 12.

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One in two respondents in the county said they were “extremely concerned” about contracting the virus while working at their facilities.

As of July 9, 61 health care workers in L.A. County have died from COVID-19 — 44 of them (or 72%) worked in skilled nursing or long-term care facilities, according to the county.

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