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MSNBC 24 Apr 2020

Thorough Testing Reveals Surprising Extent Of Coronavirus Spread

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Rachel Maddow tells the story of a Los Angeles nursing home that was able to test all of its residents and employees for coronavirus and found a startlingly large number of positive cases that had not previously been apparent through symptoms. Aired on 4/24/2020.


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>>> AT THE END OF LAST MONTH,
>>> AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, TWO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS IN
TWO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS IN LOS ANGELES WHO HAD JUST BEEN
LOS ANGELES WHO HAD JUST BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL
DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL BEGAN SHOWING CORONAVIRUS
BEGAN SHOWING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.
SYMPTOMS. SO THEIR NURSING HOME, BRIAR OAK
SO THEIR NURSING HOME, BRIAR OAK ON SUNSET, ISOLATED THOSE TWO
ON SUNSET, ISOLATED THOSE TWO RESIDENTS AND TESTED THEM.
RESIDENTS AND TESTED THEM. AND WHEN THEIR TESTS CAME BACK
AND WHEN THEIR TESTS CAME BACK POSITIVE, BRIAR OAK DECIDED THAT
POSITIVE, BRIAR OAK DECIDED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO TEST ALL THE
THEY WERE GOING TO TEST ALL THE STAFF IN THEIR FACILITY WHO HAD
STAFF IN THEIR FACILITY WHO HAD BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THOSE TWO
BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THOSE TWO RESIDENTS, EVEN THOUGH NONE OF
RESIDENTS, EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THE STAFF WERE SHOWING SYMPTOMS.
THE STAFF WERE SHOWING SYMPTOMS. EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THE STAFF
EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THE STAFF WERE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, 15 OF
WERE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, 15 OF THOSE STAFF TESTS CAME BACK
THOSE STAFF TESTS CAME BACK POSITIVE.
POSITIVE. ACCORDING TO BRIAR OAK’S
ACCORDING TO BRIAR OAK’S DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS,
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS, QUOTE, WITH THAT NUMBER OF
QUOTE, WITH THAT NUMBER OF POSITIVE, NOW YOU HAVE TO BE
POSITIVE, NOW YOU HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE
CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE EXPOSURE OF EVERYBODY.
EXPOSURE OF EVERYBODY. NOW, THE PROBLEM OF COURSE IS
NOW, THE PROBLEM OF COURSE IS THAT BRIAR OAK COULDN’T TEST
THAT BRIAR OAK COULDN’T TEST EVERYBODY.
EVERYBODY. DESPITE BEING THE PLACE WHERE
DESPITE BEING THE PLACE WHERE THE MOST AMERICANS ARE DYING
THE MOST AMERICANS ARE DYING FROM CORONAVIRUS, NURSING HOMES
FROM CORONAVIRUS, NURSING HOMES HAVE LARGELY BEEN ON THEIR OWN
HAVE LARGELY BEEN ON THEIR OWN AS INDIVIDUAL FACILITIES IN
AS INDIVIDUAL FACILITIES IN TERMS OF TRYING TO GET AHOLD OF
TERMS OF TRYING TO GET AHOLD OF TESTS FOR THEIR RESIDENTS AND
TESTS FOR THEIR RESIDENTS AND THEIR STAFF.
THEIR STAFF. SO PRETTY MUCH NO ONE AT ANY
SO PRETTY MUCH NO ONE AT ANY FACILITY ANYWHERE COULD TEST
FACILITY ANYWHERE COULD TEST EVERYBODY.
EVERYBODY. BUT SOME NURSING HOME LEADERS IN
BUT SOME NURSING HOME LEADERS IN L.A. WERE TRYING.
L.A. WERE TRYING. AND IT TURNS OUT THERE WAS A
AND IT TURNS OUT THERE WAS A LARGER LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY,
LARGER LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY, THE LOS ANGELES JEWISH HOME,
THE LOS ANGELES JEWISH HOME, THAT HAD MANAGED TO GET ITSELF
THAT HAD MANAGED TO GET ITSELF SEVERAL HUNDRED CORONAVIRUS
SEVERAL HUNDRED CORONAVIRUS TESTS FROM THE CITY.
TESTS FROM THE CITY. THE L.A. JEWISH HOME AGREED THAT
THE L.A. JEWISH HOME AGREED THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THIS OTHER
THEY WOULD GIVE THIS OTHER FACILITY, BRIER OAK, ENOUGH
FACILITY, BRIER OAK, ENOUGH TESTS TO SCREEN ALL THEIR
TESTS TO SCREEN ALL THEIR RESIDENTS AND ALL OF THEIR
RESIDENTS AND ALL OF THEIR STAFF, WHICH WAS A REALLY
STAFF, WHICH WAS A REALLY STAND-UP THING FOR THEM TO DO.
STAND-UP THING FOR THEM TO DO. AND BRIER OAK WAS ABLE TO DO ALL
AND BRIER OAK WAS ABLE TO DO ALL THAT TESTING AND WHAT THEY FOUND
THAT TESTING AND WHAT THEY FOUND WILL CURL YOUR HAIR.
WILL CURL YOUR HAIR. 75% OF THE RESIDENTS HAD THE
75% OF THE RESIDENTS HAD THE VIRUS, 90% OF THE STAFF HAD IT
VIRUS, 90% OF THE STAFF HAD IT AS WELL.
AS WELL. WHICH MEANT THAT BRIER OAK
WHICH MEANT THAT BRIER OAK IMMEDIATELY BECAME POSSIBLY THE
IMMEDIATELY BECAME POSSIBLY THE WORST OUTBREAK IN THE ENTIRE
WORST OUTBREAK IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA. AS OF TODAY, 77 RESIDENTS AND 70
AS OF TODAY, 77 RESIDENTS AND 70 STAFF AT BRIER OAK HAVE TESTED
STAFF AT BRIER OAK HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.
POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. THREE OF THEIR RESIDENTS HAVE
THREE OF THEIR RESIDENTS HAVE DIED.
DIED. BUT THE KEY HERE IS THAT THIS
BUT THE KEY HERE IS THAT THIS ONE NURSING HOME APPEARS, RIGHT,
ONE NURSING HOME APPEARS, RIGHT, APPEARS TO HAVE THIS EXTRA
APPEARS TO HAVE THIS EXTRA TERRIBLE SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE
TERRIBLE SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE OUTBREAK THAN OTHER FACILITIES,
OUTBREAK THAN OTHER FACILITIES, BUT MAYBE THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE
BUT MAYBE THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONLY ONE THAT TESTED
THE ONLY ONE THAT TESTED EVERYBODY, RIGHT?
EVERYBODY, RIGHT? AND THE ONLY REASON THEY WERE
AND THE ONLY REASON THEY WERE ABLE TO TEST ANYBODY IS BECAUSE
ABLE TO TEST ANYBODY IS BECAUSE OF THIS SORT OF ACCIDENTAL
OF THIS SORT OF ACCIDENTAL CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH THEY GOT
CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH THEY GOT THIS INCREDIBLY NEIGHBORLY HELP
THIS INCREDIBLY NEIGHBORLY HELP FROM A NEARBY FACILITY.
FROM A NEARBY FACILITY. MAYBE IF EVERY NURSING HOME HAD
MAYBE IF EVERY NURSING HOME HAD UNIVERSAL TESTING, WE WOULD
UNIVERSAL TESTING, WE WOULD DISCOVER THAT LOTS AND LOTS OF
DISCOVER THAT LOTS AND LOTS OF PLACES ARE AS BAD AS BRIER OAK
PLACES ARE AS BAD AS BRIER OAK AND WE COULD GET THEM RESOURCES
AND WE COULD GET THEM RESOURCES TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THEIR
TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS.
PROBLEMS. YOU KNOW, WE’D AT LEAST BE ABLE
YOU KNOW, WE’D AT LEAST BE ABLE TO SEE THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM

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