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Health officials confirm COVID-19 cluster at Newark nursing home

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: October 26, 2020 06:09 PM
Created: October 26, 2020 11:40 AM

NEWARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Wayne County Public Health Director has confirmed a large cluster of positive COVID-19 cases at a nursing home in Newark.

As of Monday morning, health officials say 61 COVID-19 cases are connected to The DeMay Living Center on Sunset Drive in Newark. Of those cases, 47 are residents and 14 are staff. Four of the 47 residents are hospitalized.

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The Wayne County Public Health Department believes the cases are linked to one or more staff members, who then spread it among residents. 

Wayne County Public Health says it is closely monitoring the cluster and is continuing to work with DeMay Living Center to identify any additional cases.

Rochester Regional Health, which runs the facility, refused News10NBC’s request for an on-camera interview to discuss what it is doing to control the spread but released the following statement:

“Rochester Regional Health continues to follow all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our Long Term Care and other facilities. The increase in cases highlights the need for everyone to remain vigilant in taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the community including wearing masks and social distancing.

We continue to keep the families of our residents updated whenever a positive case occurs among residents or staff.

As a result of the positive cases, visitation has been suspended at DeMay per New York State guidelines.”

Rochester Regional says it's publishing all updates shared with families via email on its website.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for The New York State Department of Health tells News10NBC:

“The New York State Department of Health continues to actively respond to the situation at the DeMay Nursing Home.  We are in daily communication with the facility. On October 23, DOH conducted an unannounced COVID-19 Focus Infection Control inspection at DeMay to ensure compliance with infection control practices and CDC-supported guidelines issued by New York State and found no deficiencies. We are continuing to monitor the situation.”

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