Investigation underway of 25 newly-reported cases at the nursing and rehabilitation facility
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CANANDAIGUA — Health officials are investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canandaigua. Ontario County Public Health reported 25 new cases Thursday at the facility at 210 N. Main St. — 24 residents and one employee who lives in Ontario County tested positive. A second employee, who lives in Wayne County, also tested positive.
More testing is underway. Ontario County Public Health added the “nursing home is taking action to reduce the possibility of spread.”
Mary Beer, Ontario County Public Health director, said that all residents in the facility were tested: 24 residents tested positive and three of those residents are in the hospital. A remaining 16 residents at Elm Manor tested negative for the virus.
In an update Thursday on the Elm Manor website, Administrator Christina Oropeza said all of the residents had voluntarily been tested to provide early detection of the coronavirus.
“We are saddened to report that there are 21 new confirmed infections of COVID-19 in the past 24 Hours,” she stated in the update. She said all the appropriate families, local and state government officials had been notified.
Oropeza added that the two employees who tested positive for COVID-19 were “placed on leave for no less than 14 days and/or until their symptoms subside” per New York State Department of Health guidelines.
“All other staff members will continue to be monitored every shift, wear appropriate PPE while we work with the Local testing centers, laboratories, and County to ensure all staff will be tested within the next few days,” stated Oropeza.
“Since staff are treated outside of our facility these numbers are believed to be accurate based upon reporting to us — but not confirmed,” she added. “It is also not known whether the exposure to the virus was from our community or a different community.”
The Elm Manor medical team is led by Dr. Geria Furtuna. Oropeza said he has been consulting with other treating physicians and experts to create medically sound plans for the residents.
Beer said residents who test positive for the coronavirus are quarantined in a wing of the facility separate from those who test negative. In this aspect, she said the state Health Department of Health takes the lead.
Elm Manor states on its website that the facility some time ago put into place a series of precautions designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the virus. That included “limiting visitors, screening for symptoms, taking temperatures, training on infectious disease controls, enhanced cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment,” as well as restricting and/or limiting group activities among other precautions. “We continue these protocols and have since added isolation and testing, when, and how, permitted by governmental authorities.”
According to the release: “Elm Manor has provided skilled nursing care in Canandaigua for many years” and “continues to provide the highest level of quality professional nursing services in a warm and nurturing environment. During this difficult time, we will continue to monitor every resident and staff member. We have followed the guidelines set-forth by New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are working closely with Ontario County Public Health to make sure all residents receive the best care possible and that our staff is safe. The health and safety of every person in Elm Manor is our priority."
Elm Manor is not alone among nursing facilities that have seen a significant number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began — among others are the Ontario Center in Hopewell, Hornell Gardens in Steuben County and The Hurlbut in Brighton.
For questions/concerns related to Elm Manor, you can contact Oropeza or Director of Nursing Kristen Duran. Alternatively, you can communicate anonymously by calling the Complaint and Compliment Hotline at 1-800-610-2544 or send an email to REPORTS@SNFHOTLINE.ORG. This hotline is administered by an independent third party to help assure your voice will be heard without disclosing your name. For more information, go to http://elmrehab.com/
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