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North Country senior care facility sees surge in COVID cases

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 12:59 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2020 at 12:41 PM EDT
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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (WCAX) - A Northern New York senior care facility is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

The Essex County Health Department says 26 residents of the Essex Center in Elizabethtown are now infected with COVID-19.

One resident died on Tuesday after complications from the virus. Two residents are now in the hospital.

Health officials say at this point, they are not sure how the virus got into the facility.

“I know that everybody wants that answer, and there’s finger-pointing going on that, you know it was staff, it was this, I can tell you that The Essex Center are following protocol, has tested their staff every single week, at this time there is no staff member that is positive,” said the health department’s Linda Beers.

Beers says the staffers at the Essex Center will be tested for the virus again this week following the positive cases.

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