A total of 89 residents and staff – many of whom had been fully vaccinated – have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past seven weeks, Geer Village Senior Community in Northern Canaan said Friday, and 11 residents and one staff member remain isolated.
“Unfortunately, we have lost 8 residents with serious underlying health conditions to Covid,” the statement said.
The center first released information about the outbreak on October 3, stating that there were three positive cases among residents and one staff member who had all been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The outbreak started close to when Covid-19 boosters were approved by the FDA for emergency use. Geer Village Senior Community CEO Kevin O’Connell told ABC News that nursing home officials had been working to schedule boosters since they were notified they were available to residents, but the logistics of vaccinating all staff and residents complicated their efforts. .
CNN has reached out to Geer Village for further comment.
“Geer Nursing residents and staff will be eligible for the booster if we are two full weeks without new positive cases,” the nursing home said in their statement. All staff and residents will also be tested biweekly for Covid-19 and all visits to the center will be suspended until further notice.
Booster eligibility has been extended to many adults in the U.S. who have previously been vaccinated, including: individuals 65 years of age or older; are at risk for severe Covid-19 from a breakthrough infection due to a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease, or pregnancy; or endangered by living conditions or work.
“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,” the statement said. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates to residents, staff, families and community stakeholders as the situation changes.”
According to the most recent state data from Oct. 27 through Nov. 9, only 10 of Connecticut’s 209 nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or 5%, have active Covid-19 cases. case.
By comparison, 20 of the 209 facilities, or 9.5%, had at least one Covid-19 case from September 15 to September 28, according to state data.