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Residents from hard hit nursing home in Steuben County being moved to Waterloo

Healthy residents from a nursing home hit hard in Steuben County by COVID-19 are being moved to Waterloo.

Residents at Hornell Gardens, operated by Hurlbut Care Communities, will be moved to Seneca Nursing & Rehabilitation. That facility is also operated by Hurlbut.

“Since facility-wide COVID-19 testing was completed at Hornell Gardens last week, Hurlbut Care Communities, the New York State Department of Health, Steuben County, Congressman Tom Reed, Hornell Mayor John Buckley, State Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano have worked closely for the development and implementation of response plans,” the company said in a statement.

Approval of the plan came back on Tuesday.

“We are working with our team at Seneca Nursing & Rehabilitation in Waterloo, NY to transfer our residents who have tested negative for COVID-19 to a wing in their facility in order to ensure we stop the spread of COVID-19 within Hornell Gardens,” said Robert W. Hurlbut, President of Hurlbut Care Communities. “We are implementing this plan in close collaboration with officials from Steuben County and the New York State Department of Health. I would also like to express my gratitude to all of our staff who have worked tirelessly to help make this happen.”

“Globally, nursing homes have proven to be a hotbed for the spread of COVID-19, and Steuben County is no exception” said Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler. “Protecting this vulnerable population is of the utmost importance to everyone in our community and we have all come together to address these issues.”