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"Strike team' investigating COVID cluster at Williamsville nursing home

Nursing home outbreak is one of the largest in the nation at a facility of this size
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Posted at 5:11 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 18:24:44-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), along with the CDC, sent a 'strike team' to the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Williamsville on October 15.

According to CMS data listed for October 11, the Reist Street nursing home had confirmed COVID-19 cases in 61 residents and 37 staff.

Visitation is now suspended at the nursing home.

The New York State Department of Health sent the following information:

“The New York State Department of Health continues to actively respond to the situation at Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. As a result of an unannounced DOH COVID-19 Focus Infection Control inspection on May 20, Comprehensive Rehabilitation was fined $14,000.

On Sept. 24,DOH also conducted an unannounced COVID-19 Focus Infection Control inspection and found the facility in compliance with infection control practices and CDC-supported guidelines issued by New York State.

In addition, on Oct. 7, DOH conducted another unannounced COVID-19 Focus Infection Control inspection at the facility.

As this is an active investigation, we cannot comment further. On Oct. 15, DOH accompanied a CMS/CDC strike team on a site visit to the nursing home. DOH will continue to work with long term care providers to protect our nursing home residents and front line workers during this pandemic.”