Gossips has wondered about the high mortality rate from COVID-19 in Columbia County. With 120 positive cases and twelve deaths, the mortality rate in the county is 10 percent. By contrast, the mortality rate in the entire state is only .5 percent. What accounts for such a high mortality rate? A statement from the Columbia County Department of Health today confirms that those dying from the coronavirus are the most vulnerable among us: nursing home residents.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MONITORS NURSING HOMES
County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said Monday that the Pine Haven Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Philmont experienced two additional COVID-19 deaths since Friday, bringing to 12 the number of deaths at the facility from the virus.
"The community should know that we continue to closely monitor the situation at Pine Haven, to the extent that, while we have limited testing kits, we consider nursing homes within the county to be a priority," Mabb said. "If a doctor determines that someone needs to be tested, we will test them."
Mabb explained that while the County Department of Health has no jurisdiction over the operation of private nursing homes, "Those are county residents and we will do all we can to try to keep them safe. I will say that Pine Haven has done an excellent job of getting its residents tested, and an excellent job of containing the virus."
On Friday, it was reported that there were 26 positive cases of COVID-19 at Pine Haven, an increase of four from the previous Friday.
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