Coronavirus outbreak at NY nursing home leaves at least 32 dead: report
January 13, 2021 at 13:46
A coronavirus outbreak has ravaged an upstate New York nursing home, claiming at least 32 residents’ lives in its deadly march, per multiple reports.
The outbreak at The Commons on St. Anthony in Auburn started on Dec. 21, according to CNYcentral.com.
The latest death toll marks a surge of 20 additional residents since Jan. 5.
The facility initiated COVID-19 vaccinations on Dec. 22 and reached 263 residents and over 100 staff members.
According to a statement from Loretto, the building is following so-called droplet precaution, which involves full personal protective equipment (PPE) with residents, and isolating positive patients.
MARYLAND CONFIRMS UK CORONAVIRUS VARIANT IN 2 RESIDENTS"Residents are being tested on a schedule established with the Department of Health.
And we continue to test employees weekly," reads the statement, per news outlet localsyr.com.
According to state data, the nursing home is situated in the county with the highest COVID-19 percent positivity in Central New York at 9.6%.
The spokesperson from Loretto also noted a high level of community virus spread in the statement: "Cayuga County and Finger Lakes region have the highest rate of community spread in the State."
The news comes amid a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which suggested that increases in community virus spread also result in increases in virus circulation among nursing facilities.
The recently approved coronavirus vaccines were found to be safe and effective in clinical trials, and by an independent advisory board to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On a recent call with reporters, the CDC said anaphylaxis cases, or life-threatening allergic reactions, from the vaccines were "exceedingly rare."