8 dead, dozens infected with COVID-19 in Connecticut nursing home outbreak – NBC Connecticut – Community News
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8 dead, dozens infected with COVID-19 in Connecticut nursing home outbreak – NBC Connecticut

A total of eight people have died and less than 100 have been infected with COVID-19 following an outbreak at a Connecticut nursing home.

The outbreak at the Geer Village Senior Community, a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canaan, started around early October, when the nursing home reported only three positive COVID-19 cases.

Now eight residents have died and 67 residents and 22 staff members contracted COVID-19 sometime in the past month and a half. Nursing home officials said 48 residents and 21 staff members have recovered from the virus.

The senior community is home to just 82 residents, the Associated Press reported.

The nursing home said all eight people who died had serious underlying health conditions.

“While we must continue with Covid-19 prevention protocols, we want to assure everyone that we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe,” officials said.

All visits remain on hold due to the outbreak; anyone who wants to see their loved ones can do so virtually or via window visits.

Anyone whose loved one tests positive for coronavirus or becomes symptomatic will be notified.

Residents and staff will be eligible for the booster shot when the community has been without new COVID-19 cases for two full weeks, they said. For more information about the outbreak, click here.