LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — National Guard teams have been deployed to at least four nursing homes in the Los Angeles metropolitan area which have reported coronavirus outbreaks.

Eight-member National Guard teams were deployed to the Brighton Care Center in Pasadena, the Gardena Convalescent Center, the Hollywood Premier Healthcare Center in in East Hollywood and the Alcott Rehabilitation Center in Central Los Angeles.

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Based on the latest numbers from the California Department of Public Health’s website:

  • The Brighton Care Center has at least 43 cases among residents and another 20 among staff.
  • Hollywood Premier has 29 among residents and 25 among staff.
  • Gardena has 33 among residents and 18 among staff.
  • Alcott has less than 11 cases among staff.

“We didn’t request the National Guard, but we requested help,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director, said Friday. “And the National Guard was great.”

There are 26 L.A. County nursing homes which are reporting at least 20 cases among residents, Ferrer said Thursday. It was not immediately clear how DPH decided where the National Guard would be deployed.

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Nearly 300 institutional settings — including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, shelters, jails and prisons — have had at least one case, according to Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health.

Those institutions make up a total of 5,339 cases, and 365 deaths, representing 43% of all coronavirus
fatalities countywide, Ferrer said.

Ferrer said more than 330 residents in institutional settings have died of coronavirus in L.A. County, the majority of which resided in nursing homes. That accounts for 39 percent of all coronavirus deaths in L.A. County so far.

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As of Friday, there were 18,517 coronavirus cases and 848 deaths countywide from the disease.