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State officials revealed Thursday that 375 nursing home patients have died from coronavirus in Connecticut — including 15 at a Shelton facility.
The grim death toll stretches across the state, ignoring community size, income statistics and density levels.
In New Canaan, the Waveny Care Center lost nine patients and 11 others have coronavirus. At the Jewish Senior Services nursing home in Bridgeport, six patients have died and 23 have the virus.
Nine patients died at the Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion in Milford and 67 are suffering from COVID-19. Two other Milford nursing homes have seen three deaths.
The data shows that overall 1,713 nursing homes patients are suffering from COVID-19. Those patients are spread among roughly half of the state’s 215 nursing homes, which collectively contain about 15,000 beds.
Josh Geballe, commissioner of the state Department of Administrative Services, praised nursing home staff for keeping the infection and death toll at current levels.
“It’s a real testament to our nursing homes, the nurses and the staff they have there and the work they have been doing, to put in place the right infection control procedures,” Geballe said.
He noted the death toll represents about two percent of all patients at a state nursing home.
“We know this is a highly at-risk population,” Gabelle noted.
“We have seen that across the nation and across the world and the teams are doing great work in our nursing homes to really try to protect those nursing homes,” he added.
In response to the virus taking a hold on the state’s nursing homes, Gov. Ned Lamont is moving patients into four COVID-only nursing homes and segregating other patients at their facilities when possible.
Weeks ago, the state banned family visits and took other measures to stem the spread of the virus.
Still, death and infection spread across the state.
Garner Heights Health Care Center in Shelton, a 130-bed facility, has seen 15 deaths since the pandemic hit the state. Only one nursing home in Waterbury has hit that single facility total.
Two other Shelton nursing homes, Bishop-Wicke Health and Rehabilitation and Apple Shelton Lakes, also lost patients — 13 at Apple and 12 at Bishop-Wicke.
In Stamford, 15 patients have died and 93 have the disease at five different nursing homes.
In fact, big city nursing homes are seeing deaths and infections at a similar rate to their small town counterparts.
Torrington’s Litchfield Woods nursing home lost 12 patients and 38 patients have the disease. New Haven lost two patients at the RegalCare and Mary Wade Home nursing homes and 66 have the virus.
The Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center suffered one death and has 13 patients have COVID-19. The West River Rehab Center lost two patients and seven patients have the disease.
In Hamden, six patients died at the Arden House and Hamden Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Gov. Ned Lamont said 103 more statewide fatalities had brought the total coronavirus death toll to 971.
Hospitalizations are flattening and the governor drew some optimism from a 10 percent decline in Fairfield County hospital admissions, the region with the most cases.
A net increase of 18 hospitalizations was reported, and a total 15,884 COVID-19 cases were reported, up 1,129 from Wednesday.