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- Eight residents with serious underlying health issues have died at the Geer Village Senior Community since late September.
- A total of 89 residents and staff members have been infected.
- According to NBC Connecticut, 87 of the 89 people were fully vaccinated.
A recent COVID-19 outbreak at a Connecticut nursing home has left eight residents dead while dozens of additional residents and staff have tested positive for the disease.
Officials with the Geer Village Senior Community, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in North Canaan, on Friday said eight residents with serious underlying health issues have died since late September when the outbreak was first identified.
A total of 89 residents and staff members have been infected since Sept. 30. Officials said 48 residents and 21 employees have since recovered. According to NBC Connecticut, 87 of the 89 people were fully vaccinated. Geer Village first publicly announced the outbreak on Oct. 3, when it identified three cases among fully vaccinated residents and staff. The facility houses 70 seniors.
“We are encouraged to see 69 staff and residents already recovered and coming off isolation. While we must continue with COVID-19 prevention protocols, we want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe,” the nursing home said in a statement.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates for residents, staff, families, and community stakeholders as the situation changes,” the statement said.
As COVID-19 booster shots are being deployed across the country, the nursing home said residents and staff will be eligible once the facility has gone two full weeks with no new positive cases. Boosters gained approval just before the outbreak occurred.
Nursing homes were hit hard during the worst of the pandemic as the virus is particularly dangerous to older adults with underlying medical conditions.
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