Employees from two Monterey Park nursing homes, Monterey Park Convalescent Center and Heritage Manor, were treated on Wednesday to In-N-Out burgers from their employer as a thank you for working on the frontlines amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Institutions like nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are taking the brunt of the pandemic in Los Angeles County, with half of all deaths traced back to these types of facilities. In Pasadena city, the situation is more dire, with nine of 10 deaths tied to an institution.
As of Thursday, May 14th, Monterey Park city Convalescent Center and Heritage Manor did not have any active coronavirus patients, according to a state database. The state only keeps track of active cases. Checking six previous dispatches, their names did not show any active cases at those times.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department does not list the status of all nursing homes and assisted-living facilities countywide, opting only to highlight a handful.
Same as other facilities, Heritage Manor and Monterey Park Convalescent Center have instituted protocols for reducing the chance of infection, according to a news release. Visitors are not allowed; staff is required to pass a temperature and symptom screening every day before entering the workplace.
“The world is paying even closer attention to health care workers right now than ever before. The spotlight is on and we want them to truly shine. This is a moment for all team members to be applauded for their tireless and selfless work,” Bryce Porter, CMO of Sun Mar Healthcare, the advisory company for Heritage Manor and Monterey Park, said in a statement.
“In-N-Out is a Southern California classic and what better way to put a smile on the faces of the team and show them how much they’re loved and appreciated,” he said.
The cookout featured giveaways and more. In addition to the lunch, every staff member received a “Superheroes Wear Scrubs” T-shirt.