The San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)
The San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)

‘Significant outbreak’ of Covid reported at San Francisco Jewish senior home

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UPDATED Dec. 16, 1:00 p.m.

A “significant outbreak” of coronavirus cases has been reported by the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, one of the largest senior living facilities in the Bay Area, mirroring a wider rise in cases across the city and state.

According to a Dec. 15 update on the facility’s website, 30 residents “contained in one unit” and 14 staff members or contract workers tested positive. Six of the staff members are direct caregivers, while the other eight are not “patient facing.”

The affected unit has been quarantined from the rest of the facility.

All outdoor and window visits have been suspended as of Dec. 14, except by permission in certain cases, “such as end of life visits.”

“We will resume visits again when it is safe to do so,” a note from the visitation scheduling team read.

The new cases were discovered after a caregiver tested positive during the week of Nov. 30 and the decision was made to quarantine the unit.

“We are disappointed and concerned for all our residents and staff,” a Dec. 11 update said, noting that the senior campus is working closely with the city’s health department and that surveys of its infection-control procedures have, so far, resulted in zero deficiencies.

Since March, the SFCJL has avoided surges of coronavirus cases. The numbers are updated on the website daily, and showed that through Dec. 6, only two long-term residents had contracted the virus and 22 employees had tested positive.

The outbreak comes just as the SFCJL is expected to get a delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. On Dec. 9, SFCJL announced that it would be receiving an unknown number of either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for residents and staff sometime between Dec. 21 and 28.

There are approximately 700 staff members and 325 residents.

Many communities in the Bay Area are experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases, leading to a new series of mandated shutdowns over concerns about ICU bed capacities at hospitals.

San Francisco has recorded its highest number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic, an average of over 200 positive tests per day. As of Dec. 10, the city had an available ICU capacity of 17.8 percent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gabriel Greschler

Gabriel Greschler was a staff writer at J. from 2019 to 2021.