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Fully vaccinated resident, employee test positive for COVID at Sullivan County nursing home

Published: 4/22/2021 9:50:22 PM
Modified: 4/22/2021 9:50:19 PM

UNITY — The Sullivan County nursing home has returned to outbreak status after a fully vaccinated resident and an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to the facility’s administrator.

The resident lives in the MacConnell building, where the employee who tested positive also works, wrote Ted Purdy, the Unity facility’s administrator in a Wednesday COVID-19 update for families and friends.

Now that the facility is on outbreak status, full personal protective equipment is required on the MacConnell unit and social visitation has been postponed.

Weekly testing of staff had resumed on Tuesday due to the positivity rate in Sullivan County being above 5%. Now, due to the positive cases, weekly testing of residents also is resuming.

As of Wednesday, 92% of the facility’s residents and 62% of employees had been vaccinated against the virus. The facility has partnered with Health Direct pharmacy to vaccinate new residents and employees.

Five residents died after testing positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at the facility this winter. A total of 23 people in Sullivan County have died after testing positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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