Chemung County reports four COVID-19 deaths, three at Woodbrook Assisted Living

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Chemung County has reported four COVID-19 deaths, three of which were residents at Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence on Maple Ave. in Elmira.

The four latest deaths were a 71-year old female, a 97-year old female, a 97-year old male and a 93-year old male, all from the Town of Southport.

We want to send our condolences to the individuals’ families and friends. The County Executive and the Health Department would like to remind everyone of the continued importance of mask use, social distancing, and proper handwashing.

On Friday afternoon Woodbrook released the following statement to 18 News:

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been proactive and have strictly followed guidelines set by the Department of Health.  From the very beginning, we have enforced visitor restriction, stopping of social activities and communal dining, constant symptom monitoring, staff testing, wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing and hand washing.  We have had continuous communication with residents and families regarding our COVID status and response.  Almost all of our residents who tested positive are out of quarantine here at Woodbrook.  Those too sick to care for here were transported to the hospital.  We are deeply saddened at the loss of our residents who have passed in the hospital and our sympathy goes out to their families.  It has been a very challenging time here at Woodbrook, but we are getting through it together with the support of our employees, our residents and their families.”

Chemung County has now reported 27 COVID-19 deaths since April, 23 of which have been since September.

On Friday Chemung County reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 with 144 active cases and 39 hospitalizations. The county also reported 2,333 recoveries since the pandemic began.

18 News spoke with Chemung County’s Public Health Director, Peter Buzzetti, who says they’re working together with Woodbrook for a COVID-19 safety plan.

Specifically, with Woodbrook, we’ve been working with their director, over the last couple of weeks. For what, what we can do to help, what can be done in terms of planning for that facility. In addition, we’ve coordinated conversations with the hospital as well.

Peter Buzzetti, Chemung County’s Public Health Director

The things that we talked about is testing. They’re testing their staff once per week per the requirement, but really wanted to work on, you know something better for the residents. What are their plans for isolation and quarantine? As you can imagine, there are, you know, physical limitations to what a facility can do many times.

Peter Buzzetti, Chemung County’s Public Health Director

This is a developing story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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