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Waterford nursing home reports third confirmed case of COVID-19

Waterford — A third resident of Bayview Health Care nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19.

Family members of facility residents received an email Saturday morning indicating staff was notified Friday night that the resident has tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. The email did not identify the patient's age or gender.

"This diagnosis brings the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections to 3 residents," the email said. "Two of them are hospitalized at this time, and this newly diagnosed resident is isolated and being cared for in the building.

An additional eight residents at the 127-bed facility have been tested, and Bayview is awaiting results from the state laboratory, according to the email.

A spokesman for the nursing home's parent company, Athena Health Care Systems, said earlier this week that the company would not be commenting on each new diagnosis of COVID-19.

As of Thursday, 48 of the state's 216 nursing homes have had at least one confirmed case, according to the state Department of Public Health. Eighty nursing home residents had been hospitalized statewide, and 23 died.

Area nursing homes with confirmed cases include Bayview and Harbor Village Health and Rehabilitation in New London, according to a list published this past Wednesday by Gov. Ned Lamont. Updated information was not available on Saturday.

Lamont announced this past week that the state is planning to dedicate specific nursing homes to housing and treating COVID-19 patients. On Friday, he said the state would be providing an additional $600 per day in Medicaid payments per patient served to nursing homes that specialize in COVID-19 treatment. He indicated all nursing homes would be receiving a 10% increase in Medicaid payments to help meet the costs from this public health emergency.

The payment increase will be applied to employee wages, including staff retention bonuses, overtime and shift incentive payments, and to  new costs related to screening of visitors, personal protective equipment, and cleaning and housekeeping supplies.

Staff members at Bayview said the facility is offering staff an additional $100 in hazard pay per shift.

k.florin@theday.com

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