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Rensselaer Co. exec. wants answers after nursing home coronavirus outbreak

WNYT Staff
Created: July 13, 2020 08:26 PM

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is looking for answers after a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home.
As NewsChannel 13 first told you last week, 30 residents tested positive at the Riverside Nursing Home in Castleton.

McLaughlin is calling for more oversight from the state when it comes to inspections and giving staff PPE.

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The Department of Health tells NewsChannel 13 Commissioner Howard Zucker spoke directly to the facility's administrator Monday morning to offer PPE, staffing and any support the facility may need.

The administrator assured the commissioner they had sufficient levels of all supplies and the Department of Health continues to monitor the situation.

Hear McLaughlin discuss more of his concerns and what he says should be done by watching the video of the story.

You can also see the full Department of Health response below:   

  • Commissioner Zucker spoke directly to the facility’s administrator this morning to offer PPE, staffing and any support the facility may need. The administrator assured the commissioner they had sufficient levels of all supplies, and the two agreed to speak again on Tuesday as we continue to monitor the situation.
        
  • Our epidemiology team had also previously been in contact with the facility, offering support where needed, and visited facility Sunday night to ensure proper cohorting practices were being implemented.
        
  • The State is actively working with the County to conduct contact tracing within the facility.
         
  • DOH was also at this facility last week for a COVID focus inspection to ensure strong infection control practices were in place. We found no deficiencies and there were sufficient levels of PPE.  For context, we've conducted more than 1,200 of these inspections statewide since March.
        
  • For information on resident and staff testing, please contact the facility directly. 


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