COVID-19 patient at Wyoming County nursing facility dies

Wyoming County

WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Wyoming County Community Health System patient who had been in treatment after being diagnosed with COVID-19 has died.

The patient, who had been isolation since being tested, was one of two coronavirus-positive residents at the skilled nursing facility.

The source of either patient’s infection is not known.

At the facility, all staff are screened, temperature included, prior to entering. Visitor restrictions remain in place as all staff members take aggressive control measures and use personal protective equipment.

Administrators would not say how old the patient was, or whether it was a man or a woman. Nobody knows right now how the virus got into this building. County health officials are working with state epidemiologists to trace where it may have come from and where else it might be.

There are 138 beds according to state records. All but a few of them are occupied.

Because the Centers for Disease Control says older adults have a higher risk for complications when contracting the disease, health care providers here are trying to be very careful. Staff is screened before entering the building.

Wyoming County Community Health System CEO Joseph McTernan says the area’s first coronavirus-related death is going to have an impact on his workers.

“We do provide additional services to help with grief. At this time, we are focused on making sure both our staff members and our patients are safe and we’re taking every precaution to make sure that is occurring,” McTernan said.

“I think given what we understand about COVID and the populations that have had the most significant effects from it, given that, I do think that this was anticipated, yes,” said Dr. Gregory Collins, the Wyoming County Commissioner of Public Health.

The other resident who has COVID 19 here is currently being treated in isolation.

Any family members with questions for the facility can call (585) 786-8940 ext. 4701 or (585) 786-8940 ext. 4703.

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