LIBERTY, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw announced today that five cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) have been confirmed at the county-owned and operated Care Center at Sunset Lake in Liberty. These are in addition to the very first positive case in the county, a care center employee who has since fully recovered.
“A total of five individuals, including two staff members, at our nursing home tested positive this week for the virus,” said McGraw. “The employees have been self-isolating since receiving their results, and the residents are isolating at the care center. Administration and Public Health continue to monitor the situation closely in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health.”
“Daily screening and monitoring of all staff and residents has been in place since before the first case, but there is increasing countywide transmission, so we are saddened but not surprised this has occurred,” Health & Family Services Commissioner Stephanie Brown stated.
“We continue to do everything in our power to guard against the further spread, which is why visitation, admissions, and face-to-face medical appointments have all been halted to the Care Center for nearly a month, and the particular units in which these residents are cared have been isolated, with staff also remaining restricted to their respective units.”
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 family member has not been exposed.
For more information on the virus and local updates, visit www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.
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