LIBERTY – There are 41 new cases of COVID-19 at the Sullivan County-owned Care Center at Sunset Lake in Liberty, County Health and Family Services Commissioner Stephanie Brown announced Friday.
They are in addition to six previously announced cases.
“This is reflective of the increasing cases in Sullivan County and throughout New York, particularly at nursing care facilities,” Brown said. “We continue to do everything we can to stop further spread, which is why visitation, admissions and face-to-face medical appointments have all been halted to the Care Center for the past month.”
Public Health Director Nancy McGraw said 33 residents and eight staff members at the nursing home tested positive this week, said Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “The employees have been self-isolating since receiving their results, and the residents have been moved into an isolation ward at the Care Center. Administration and Public Health continue to monitor the situation closely in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health.”
Family members of the infected and exposed have been notified. If an individual responsible for a loved one in the Care Center has not been given a call or email, their relative has not been exposed.
Due to the loss of staff as a result of mandatory isolation, the county is bringing in and training SUNY Sullivan nursing students to provide appropriate care as nursing assistants.
For more information on the virus and local updates, visit www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.