Nursing home surge creates virus spike | Greene County

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CATSKILL — An outbreak of COVID-19 at Greene Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Catskill has led to an increase in virus cases in Greene County this week, according to Greene County Public Health.

The agency announced Thursday that there were 76 active positive coronavirus cases in the county, up from 26 on Monday.

This week’s fluctuating numbers are the result of delayed notification of an outbreak at a nursing home last week and the isolation period shortened by five days, according to Greene County Public Health.

“I don’t know if this was driven by staff or by customers,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said of the outbreak.

Greene Meadows Director of Nursing Eric Vedder did not immediately return calls for comment.

Groden said the county has been helping Greene County nursing homes during the pandemic.

“I don’t believe we have authority over them,” he said. “They’re under state surveillance, but we’ve certainly been helping throughout this whole thing. But that’s my understanding, that we don’t have a regulatory compliance requirement for nursing homes. »

The county identified 35 new COVID cases in Greene on Thursday, with five county residents hospitalized with COVID-related illnesses.

There have been 10,174 confirmed virus cases in the county since the pandemic began in March 2020, with 122 deaths from COVID-19. The county has not recorded a virus-related death since March 7.

As of March 22, the rate of COVID tests in Greene County that have returned positive results was 10.4%, with a seven-day rolling average of 4.3%.

Due to limited testing capabilities, the number of active positive cases announced in the county does not fully reflect the current level of virus spread in the county, according to Greene County Public Health.

The county hit a winter high of 1,018 active positive cases on Jan. 20, with the county hitting a yearly low of 26 for the second time on Monday before cases began to rise.

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