What is the situation at local nursing homes? There are several in the region – with facilities in Clifton Springs, Geneva, Hornell, Newark, Penn Yan, and Waterloo.
By now, most people have heard about the major COVID-19 outbreaks at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, as well as DeMay Living Center in Newark. We have followed both extensively here at FingerLakes1.com, bringing weekly updates to active caseloads, as well as the ways that the community has responded to rising numbers.
What about other facilities in the region? Here’s a look at how each that we’ve covered in recent weeks is shaping up with their battle against COVID-19.
Lara Turbide, Vice President of Community Services for Finger Lakes Health – the company that operates Huntington Living Center in Waterloo – tells us that there are 176 residents at FLH’s long-term care facilities testing positive for COVID-19. She said in an emailed update over the holiday week that 113 of those cases were active.
Only 20 had recovered, and six of the cases required hospitalization. Altogether, FLH has reported 37 deaths as of Christmas Eve. Turbide indicated that FLH continues to update families with information at their facilities in ‘real time’. Finger Lakes Health operates four long-term care facilities – two in Geneva, as well as one each in Waterloo and Penn Yan.
Two local nursing homes operated by Rochester Regional Health have launched interactive dashboards for the community to see how case numbers are growing or shrinking at each facility.
The DeMay Living Center in Newark had reported 108 total resident cases of COVID-19. They also reported 66 staffers who tested positive for COVID-19. While there was a period of time during the fall when a large number of those employees had not returned to work – all but 13 have at this point. Meanwhile, that facility has reported a total of 17 deaths.
The Rochester Regional Health dashboards for facilities also includes the date at which visitation is expected to resume, based on state guidance associated with it. For DeMay Living Center, visitation is expected to resume on Monday, January 18th. However, that changes with each additional positive case that’s identified.
The Clifton Springs Nursing Home, also operated by Rochester Regional Health, has not experienced as severe an outbreak. They have reported 14 cases among residents and 20 among staff as of Saturday. At least 75% of staff that were out due to COVID-19 are now back to work. Clifton Springs reports a single death.
Hurlbut Care Communities, which operates facilities in Seneca, Steuben, and Wayne counties has an information table that it updates daily. The most-recent update was published on Christmas Day. It showed that Hornell Gardens, which saw a significant COVID-19 outbreak in the spring, had no new cases among staff or residents. Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation located in Waterloo reported no cases among staff or residents, according to Hurlbut’s table. The company’s biggest challenge was Newark Manor, which added eight new cases on Christmas Day, along with one new staff case.