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June 24, 2021

Covid-related deaths at Watsonville nursing home reach 15

WATSONVILLE—Gerald Hunter, the former director of Watsonville Post Acute Center, announced on Oct. 19 that he has stepped down from the position.

On the facility’s website, Hunter stated that Rae Ann Radford has taken the job. The announcement did not give a reason for the change. It is not clear whether Hunter is still employed by the company.

Watsonville Post Acute has had a tumultuous time since an outbreak of Covid-19 that began in mid-September.

The facility has had a total of 15 Covid-related deaths since the pandemic began, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency spokeswoman Corinne Hyland said Wednesday. Fifty residents and 20 staff members have tested positive. There is currently one active case at the facility, Hyland said.

Hunter also stated that the facility is planning to release new visitation guidelines soon, but did not provide any details about the guidelines.

Radford did not return a call for comment.


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