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Staff and clients at San Diego mental health facility tested for COVID-19

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 21:16:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Twenty people at a San Diego behavioral health facility are being tested for COVID-19.

The tests come after a part-time staff member at Crestwood San Diego alerted the facility’s administration that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

10News was outside the facility Monday night as ambulances transported several people to local hospitals.

In a statement a spokesperson for Crestwood Behavioral Health wrote:

"Contact tracing and screening have been at the heart of Crestwood’s pandemic readiness and response protocols for the past eight weeks. Our protocols have been updated daily since March 17 based on new guidance from the CDC, CMS, CDPH and local public health authorities, with whom we are in frequent contact. Accordingly, the facility’s administration immediately compiled a list of individuals who could have been exposed. That list included seven of the facility’s clients and thirteen staff members who had been in contact with the affected staff member.

The administrator notified the staff, who immediately quarantined and are being tested today. Clients were transferred to San Diego hospitals – including Grossmont and Paradise Valley – and are being tested today. We are awaiting their test results. The campus has been in full Pandemic Exclusion mode. That means that Crestwood San Diego is regularly and repeatedly disinfected, that staff have been thoroughly trained, that all have PPE who require it, and that the facility can immediately isolate clients as needed.

According to Crestwood’s website, the San Diego facility is “home to our Mental Health and Rehabilitation Center and Hummingbird Healing House, a social rehabilitation program, a transitional residential treatment program.”