Ogdensburg nursing home requests help as it reports 10th COVID death

WWNY Ogdensburg nursing home requests help as it reports 10th COVID death

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - A tenth person has died from COVID-19 at an Ogdensburg nursing home.

United Helpers reported the most recent death at the Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Ogdensburg on Monday morning.

The facility now has 88 residents and 59 employees who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus.

Families of residents are worried.

“Obviously, United Helpers isn’t doing the proper thing or else you wouldn’t see the number of cases going up and up and up,” said Michael Wilson, whose 84 year old father has Alzheimer’s disease and lives in the facility.

The upward climb in cases slowed over the weekend. Still, there was one more death and six more residents tested positive.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. The speed that it moves through the population is … it’s just profound,” said Stacey Cannizzo, United Helpers vice president of clinical and quality services.

Friday, the state inspected. Cannizzo was told there will be no deficiencies cited in its final report.

Wilson and others say they realize people are working under difficult conditions.

“Though there are some things, there were issues, there are some very wonderful people working there and we do appreciate their effort,” said Dawn Mack, daughter of United Helpers nursing home resident.

United Helpers has now set up a website asking for the public’s help. It needs employees for almost every job, but it also needs personal protective gear and meals for employees.

The United Helpers nursing home in Ogdensburg isn’t the only one with a COVID-19 outbreak. The United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton has also been experiencing an outbreak.

Seven residents there have tested positive since the outbreak began. But in a hopeful sign, none did over the weekend.

And in the Ogdensburg facility, 10 residents have recovered from the disease and 12 caregivers have been able to return to work virus-free.

Copyright 2020 WWNY. All rights reserved.