Elderwood in Hornell To Test All Residents and Staff Members for Coronavirus
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY- The stargazette.com writes that a home in Steuben County is testing all of the facility’s residents and employees for coronavirus as the number of fatalities at such homes rises across the state. Elderwood is a nursing home and rehabilitation facility that offers services for an elderly population.*
Officials in Steuben stated that the facility had multiple cases so far this month. Six people died in homes in Hornell, but it is not clear which facilities were impacted.
The state released information about deaths at nursing home facilities in New York after repeated questioning from the media. Across the state, 42 facilities have had at least ten fatalities from the novel coronavirus.
The data did not include information regarding facilities with fewer than five fatal cases of the virus. Across New York, nursing homes have accounted for one in four deaths from the coronavirus.
A representative for Elderwood stated that the best step to take is to test the entire population of the home. Comprehensive testing will allow the facility to identify patients who may be asymptomatic and yet still able to spread COVID-19.
According to the Steuben County Public Health department, the testing has already begun. The facility states that the tests will then allow them to isolate individuals as needed and to mitigate the spread of the virus.
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