ELK GROVE (CBS13) – A person in their 90s living at an assisted living facility in Elk Grove has become the third coronavirus patient to die in California – and the first in Sacramento County.
Officials say the resident at Carlton Senior Living had an underlying health condition and was treated at a local hospital. That person then passed away Tuesday evening, facility officials say.READ MORE: Ironman California 2021 Triathlon Canceled Due To Safety Concerns Brought On By Powerful Storm
The facility is now working with the public health department on isolating residents.
Group activities at the facility are being canceled and visitors are being restricted. Meals are also being delivered to residents to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.READ MORE: Updates: Major Storm System Arrives In Sacramento Area
The death comes as local health departments are now shifting their approach to fighting coronavirus to protect senior citizens.
The strategy now hinges on whether a person is showing symptoms, moving the focus from “contact tracing” – or identifying everyone a known coronavirus infected person had contact with – to protect the community.MORE NEWS: Will There Be Major Flooding In Sacramento? What You Can Expect From Sunday’s Storm
Health leaders say this will free up public health resources to protect the sick and the elderly.