Official: 23 Fulton Center patients have virus

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County Department of Public Health Director Laurel Headwell over the weekend announced that 23 residents at the at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday.

Headwell issued a press release on Saturday stating that the county health department was notified on Friday that 23 residents at the Skilled Nursing Facility located at 847 County Highway 122 tested positive for the coronavirus. Headwell additionally stated that no staff members tested positive for the virus.

However, the release did not include the total number of staff members or residents who were tested for the coronavirus at the facility that has been closed to visitors since March 12.

The new positive cases brought Fulton County’s total of confirmed coronavirus cases up to 62 as of Sunday, according to data from the state Department of Health. The confirmed cases were identified among the 712 total coronavirus tests that have been performed in Fulton County since March 2, state DOH coronavirus tracking records show. The U.S. Census Bureau counted an estimated 55,513 residents in the county as of the 2010 census.

According to the state DOH, three Fulton County residents have died of the coronavirus since the outbreak began. None of the deaths occurred at a nursing home or adult care facility.

Headwell in Saturday’s release stated that the situation at the Fulton Center is being actively managed by facility administrators with direct oversight from the DOH. Headwell and members of the Fulton County Public Health Department staff are reportedly in contact with officials from both agencies and are “monitoring the scope of the situation.”

“Monitoring of all residents and staff is ongoing. The Public Health Director and the Department’s team of Public Health Nurses are working to stay aware of any developments over the weekend and into the future,” Headwell stated in the release.

County health officials notified area healthcare facilities of the confirmed coronavirus cases at the Fulton Center and Headwell anticipates releasing additional details as they become available early this week.

Additionally, the Fulton County Office of Emergency Management delivered “substantial” new supplies of personal protective equipment to the Fulton Center to support the facility with additional supplies available if needed.

“The Fulton County COVID-19 Task Force will be evaluating any other steps it can take to assist the nursing home and state Department of Health officials as they manage the residents’ care,” Headwell stated.

Attempts to contact the Fulton Center for comment and further details regarding the situation were unsuccessful, with calls to the 24-hour facility’s listed phone number unable to be completed. A call to Centers Health Care, the network that operates the local nursing and rehab facility, was not returned as of press time.

By Patricia Older

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