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.