The COVID-19 virus that is sweeping the nation has now affected one of the most vulnerable demographics: senior citizens.
On Monday, a resident of Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (MNRC) was tested for and diagnosed with COVID-19. This individual was the first resident at the center to test positive for the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, three additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 as well as two staff members. Affected residents are currently being isolated in a special section of the nursing home, while affected staff members were sent home. Specific staff members have been assigned to care for the residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Upon learning of the positive tests, MNRC immediately contacted both state and local health department officials and is continuing to work collaboratively under the guidance of the New York State Department of Health (DOH).
“Ensuring our residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our top priority,” said Vincent Maniscalco, Vice President of Strategic Planning for the nursing home.
MNRC is unsure of how their residents and staff members became exposed to COVID-19. They continue to investigate the origin of the virus.
“As far as knowing where they might have contracted it from it’s very difficult to know at this time,” Maniscalco said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set forth a variety of steps that MNRC had previously implemented to protect their residents. These recommendations include, among other things, strict infection control and prevention initiatives, stringent handwashing procedures, restricting visitation and screening all individuals - including staff - that are permitted to enter their center. They state that all of their healthcare workers adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and the DOH for transmission-based precautions in caring for their patients.
“Our wishes and our sincerest hope is for a full recovery from our staff and residents who are affected at this time,” Maniscalco said.
If any loved ones have any additional questions they can contact the MNRC at 845-457-3155.