STEUBEN COUNTY, NY (WETM) – At the start of the pandemic, Steuben County nursing homes were hit the hardest, but recently the once hotspots are reporting fewer fatalities.
Over 100 residents in nursing homes have passed away due to COVID in the county. As of 2021, the county has reported one COVID related death.
“We’ve always been vigilant speaking about staff being careful when they are out of the facility, trying not to bring it into the facility, and being extra careful with infection control over here,” said Steuben Center Nursing Home Administrator Brad Hanson.
Nursing homes in the area received their first round of the COVID vaccine this month. Hanson said that 70 percent of the residents at the Steuben Center got their first shots, but only 40 percent of the staff has opted for the life-saving drug.