State and County send test kits to The Villages

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2020 at 5:24 pm

One more death reported at Albion nursing home due to Covid-19

ALBION – The Orleans County Emergency Management Office on Thursday delivered test kits to The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion, where there has been a big outbreak of Covid-19.

The facility is reporting 68 positive tests among its residents. Today, another death was reported at The Villages, bringing the total deaths due to Covid-19 to 17.

The test kits will allow the facility to test every resident and staff member.

The county received 307 testing kits to be shared among the long-term care facilities in Orleans.

“In regards to the disturbing amount of positive Covid-19 cases and deaths at The Village of Orleans nursing home, the New York State Department of Homeland Security shipped 307 test kits to Orleans County yesterday, specifically for the nursing homes after our outcry for the state to intervene and investigate this terrible situation,” Lynne Johnson, County Legislature chairwoman, said during an 4 p.m. weekly news briefing.

Those test kits were distributed to The Villages, and also the North Wing at Medina Memorial Hospital and Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina.

Johnson also said the county is pressing the state for a mobile testing site like in the other neighboring counties.

“We are also requesting that NYS add a mobile testing site here so our residents don’t have to drive 45 minutes to get tested,” Johnson said.

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