Mental health among residents at senior living centers and nursing homes across New York State has been a major priority.
So has preventing the rapid spread of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
In late-March, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that nursing home deaths made up a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in New York.
“This virus preys on the vulnerable. It preys on seniors, it preys on people with compromised immune systems and underlying illnesses, and coronavirus in a nursing home can be like fire through dry grass,” Cuomo said at the time.
Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza told News10NBC that they are working hard to stay ahead of the virus in those communities.
“We are working very hard, the minute we find anything of concern in a nursing home we will leap on that and do anything to control and contain as best as we can,” Mendoza told them.