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COVID-19 Death Count Continues To Rise In Long-Term Care Facilities

The number of COVID-19 infections at an assisted living facility in Canaan continues to grow. The outbreak at Geer Village Senior Community is part of a broader resurgence of coronavirus in long-term care facilities across the state. 

As of Monday, the head of Geer Village Senior Community said there are 34 residents and 13 staff members that tested positive for COVID-19. An additional two staffers are presumed to have the virus.

On Friday, a second resident of Geer died after testing positive in October. 

Statewide, COVID-19 infections are going up. In its most recent week of reporting, the state Department of Public Health said 111 residents and 135 staff of long-term care facilities tested positive for COVID-19 in Connecticut.

Over the last five weeks, death counts have gotten bigger each week, rising from 0 in mid-September to 22 people in the last weekly report.

In addition to Canaan, other outbreaks include long-term care facilities in Avon, Newington, Norwalk, Waterbury, and West Hartford.

On November 1st, the state re-instituted its policy of mandatory weekly testing for staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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