600 Connecticut Nursing Home Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus, First Positive Isolation Home Set to Open

Connecticut’s nursing homes and senior care facilities have been hard hit by the coronavirus, which has a higher mortality rate for senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions.

Updated April 7th 5:00pm.

Among 215 nursing homes in CT, 82 (38%) have had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. A
total of 600 nursing home residents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have been identified
of whom 171 (29%) were hospitalized and 81 (14%) have died.

In East Haven, six elderly residents have died from the coronavirus over the past week at the Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, East Shore District Health Department Director Michael Pascucilla and Mayor Joe Carfora confirmed Monday.

In New Canaan, Waveny LifeCare Network reported Monday that a fourth resident infected with coronavirus has died. Four other residents have tested positive for COVID-19, along with three caregivers and three administrative employees of the nursing home.

Dozens of patients at a rehabilitation center and nursing home in Milford have tested positive for COVID-19, according to public health officials, and at least one family said they only learned their loved one had contracted the disease after he died.

As of Friday, at least 44 people at Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion off of Bridgeport Avenue have tested positive for COVID-19.

At Ridgefield Crossings, an assisted living facility run by Benchmark Senior Living in Ridgefield, at least 10 residents have died after testing positive, four of whom were receiving end-of-life care, a spokeswoman for the facility said. Ridgefield health officials said Monday the town’s death toll rose to 12, “all associated with a care facility.”

Benchmark said it has moved some residents who tested negative and showed no symptoms of the disease to a hotel.

Another senior facility run by Benchmrk, the Edgehill retirement community in Stamford, has had three confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, a spokesman said.

In Norwalk, two residents of Bridges by Epoch, an assisted living facility died from COVID-19 at the city’s hospital, a spokeswoman for the company said. Three other residents have been hospitalized for the illness.

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced financial incentives for Connecticut nursing homes that agree to house only COVID-19 positive residents, a move aimed at preventing the system from being overwhelmed by the outbreak.

The details of the additional funds — $600 per-day for each person served, which is more than double the average daily Medicaid payment rate — come after the initial plan and a list of proposed facilities released earlier this week drew sharp criticism from a nursing home executive and family members who said it took some by surprise, creating an “uproar.”

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“The discussions with the operators are going on around the clock right now, and we’re looking forward to seeing forward progress on that in the very near future,” said Josh Geballe, Lamont’s chief operating officer, who urged the industry to “step up” and agree to participate.

State officials hope to move the first COVID-19 patients into the home by the middle of this week.

The plan does not include residents of assisted living facilities, many of whom have also gotten sick or died.

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Apple Rehab officials took to Facebook to announce it is opening Connecticut’s first coronavirus positive isolation nursing home in Meriden.

“We’re building a team of the best of the best to beat this virus,” officials said in the Facebook post.

According to Apple Rehab, its Westfield-Meriden facility that closed in November due to financial difficulties, will reopen to house the patients.

Officials are looking for help to join their team.

“Our staff will have the best protection and training with pay to match,” they said.

Interested individuals can send a resume to careers@apple-rehab.com and schedule a virtual interview.

Click here for more information about the openings, including pay.

The following is the list of nursing homes were residents tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 1, 2020. The state has not released an update list.

TownNursing Home
BloomfieldBloomfield Healthcare Center
BloomfieldCaleb Hitchcock Health Center
BloomfieldTouchpoints at Bloomfield
BridgeportJewish Living Center
CantonCherry Brook Health Care Center
DanburyGlen Hill Center
East HavenWhispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
GreenwichGreenwich Woods Rehabilitation
GreenwichNathaniel Witherell
GuilfordGuilford House
MilfordGolden Hill Rehab Pavilion
NaugatuckGlendale Center
New HavenGrimes Center
New LondonHarbor Village Health and Rehabilitation
NewingtonBel-Air Manor
PortlandPortland Care and Rehabilitation
Rocky HillApple Rehab Rocky Hill
SeymourShady Knoll Health Center
SharonSharon Health Care Center
SheltonApple Rehab Shelton Lakes
SheltonBishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation
SheltonGardner Heights Health Care Center
Stafford SpringsEvergreen Health Care Center
StamfordSt. Camillus Center
SuffieldSuffield House
TorringtonRegalCare at Torrington
TorringtonWolcott Hall
TrumbullMaefair Health Care Center
WaterburyAbbott Terrace Health Center
WaterburyRegalCare at Waterbury
WaterburyWaterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation
WaterfordBayview Health Care
WiltonWilton Meadows
WindsorKimberly Hall North
WindsorWindsor Health and Rehabilitation
WoodbridgeThe Willows

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