Two COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Inyo County | Residents from Bishop Care Center

There haven’t been any deaths recorded in Inyo County since April 24, 2020. Suddenly, with the past few weeks the number of positive Covid-19 cases began to rise. Today, August 6, it was announced that two new deaths have occurred, both residents of the Bishop Care Center. A number of employees at BCC have also tested positive and have been sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Following is the press release from Inyo County:

 INYO COUNTY, CA, August 6, 2020: Inyo County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, received notification early in the morning of August 6, 2020, of two deaths due to COVID-19.  Both were residents of the Bishop Care Center.  These are the first COVID-19 related deaths in Inyo County since April 24.

“It is with great sadness that I share this news with the public,” stated Dr. Richardson. “This outbreak at the Bishop Care Center drives home the critical nature of limiting your contacts and avoiding gatherings of people who may be infected. This is especially important if you have any contact with those most vulnerable to the disease, including the elderly and immune-compromised.”

The outbreak at the Bishop Care Center has pushed Inyo County’s total COVID-19 count to 86, with 48 recoveries and 3 total deaths.  515 tests are pending.

The Inyo County Health Officer is working with the California Department of Public Health to determine how this isolated outbreak will impact the County’s position on the County Monitoring List.  The State continues to analyze and track Inyo County’s data but has not yet made the determination to put Inyo County on the Monitoring List.  If the State does place Inyo on the Monitoring List for more than 3 days, the State requires that indoor operations for several industries be closed.  These industries include indoor gyms and fitness centers, personal care services like nail salons and waxing, churches and cultural ceremonies- including weddings and funerals, offices for non-critical infrastructure, and shopping malls.  These industries will still be allowed to operate outdoors.

As California and the U.S. see rising numbers and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, the importance of staying home and not attending gatherings or parties is paramount.  If one must leave home to access essential services, it is the law in Inyo County to wear a face covering, maintain social distance, and wash your hands regularly.  Residents of Inyo County should not be attending or hosting social gatherings of any kind.




12 Responses to Two COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Inyo County | Residents from Bishop Care Center

  1. eamon May 16, 2021 at 10:48 am #

    Following up here, has anyone proven this was a result of a “covid party?” I would think that 9 months later, after contact tracing conducted by the state, either charges wouldve been filed or that Inyo county public health wouldve made a statement by now. Seems a lot of comments indicate this was a result of a “covid party,” but I havent seen any proof that it actually, was, can we get a follow up to this or delete these false and misleading comments?

  2. Charles O. Jones August 10, 2020 at 11:41 am #

    I’m so saddened to read this. My thoughts go out to these lost souls and their families and friends.

    Whether this was truly a “covid party” or just a careless gathering of friends partying together, it clearly demonstrates how our individual actions can severely impact the lives of others. There are those out there who’ve repeatedly said things like: “if you’re scared of the virus, just stay home and let the rest of us live our lives.” Maybe an incident like this will finally help them connect the dots. It’s not about YOU, it’s about our community as a whole. We all need to do our part to help protect the vulnerable and bring this pandemic to an end. Ignoring the advice/orders from of our public health experts is just going cause more illness, more death and prolong the restrictions we’ll all have to endure.

  3. ? August 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    If it is true, criminal prosecution must be pursued. Knowingly attending a “COVID-19 party,” and being a primary care provider for these elderly people should be a crime. Plus advancing the spread of this virus in our community is unacceptable, and leading to the death of these people is as heinous as you can get.

  4. La Dona August 7, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    The rumors are not false and to the person named Bekx listen and learn before you post BS cuz this is very sad and prayers go out to the families who are in the care center

  5. Dreamy Metcalf August 7, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

    There at three members of my family in the “Care Center”, two of which now test. positive for covid-19. We are very worried about them and outraged that this happened.. If the rumors about the ‘covid party’ are true, those involved should be held liable. They have caused the suffering and sadness of many. It was a selfish, irresponsible, and stupid thing to fo.

    • Bekx August 7, 2020 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi! The rumors are false. Someone trying to spread hate to have someone to blame.

      • Darren August 7, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

        Let’s now lock down all businesses and working-aged adults. Stop the pandemic!

        • Stop non-essential travel August 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

          You are truly heartless. But that’s between you and your God. You might be interested to know that the residents of BCC are not always the old and infirm. A$$

      • Dee August 7, 2020 at 8:40 pm #

        Bekx, you’re spreading false information, false narratives, and frankly flat out lies.

    • JulieT August 8, 2020 at 7:29 am #

      Dreamy Metcalf, I am so sorry for you and your family. What you are going through must be so stressful and terrifying-and many other things. I will be holding your family in my heart.

  6. Inyo Citizen August 7, 2020 at 9:54 am #

    So sad. My condolences to the families for their losses.

    Let’s talk about the employees who brought COVID-19 into the care center that lead to these deaths. How’d that happen?

  7. Cindy Schlick August 7, 2020 at 9:40 am #

    Absolutely heartbreaking. And I fear this is not the end of the deaths. Exposing our most critical patients is beyond my comprehension. I pray for the residents.


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