Ithaca, New York-The Tompkins County Health Department reported Wednesday that a resident living in a Racker Center residence had died of complications from COVID-19. This is the latest death among 14 deaths from the virus in the county.
According to the Racker Center, “a bunch of cases” were reported to TCHD on December 7, although it is unclear how many residents were infected.
A letter from Executive Director Dan Brown and Deputy Executive Director Cris Donovan to the Racker community continued:This is the first resident case in Racker’s 26 houses since the March pandemic. “However, “There are currently two other residents hospitalized and critically ill. ”
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The identity of the deceased was not released for privacy reasons, although Brown and Donovan’s letter stated: “We are sad and heartbroken for everyone in the Racker community for losing this amazing woman. Her family, friends and family extend our deepest condolences. All those who have worked with her over the years.”
Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said: “We extend our condolences to the Racker community and individual families.”
The Lake Center provides housing for more than 140 people with disabilities in three counties. The center stated that they have been vigilant in preventing outbreaks because the disease may have a fatal impact on community members.
“We understand that people with disabilities who often have underlying health conditions and comorbidities face an increased risk of death, and have learned a lot from colleagues in various states and across the country, who dealt with the outbreak of collective housing this year. So we ensured We keep up-to-date and follow all protocols and guidance provided by health officials and medical staff regarding screening, cleaning and disinfection, wearing masks and washing hands, implement filtering systems in our houses, and formulate procedures to limit employees in the community Exposed and created queues to minimize potential spread.”
At the time of the outbreak, New York State began to provide the first batch of vaccines. Strongly encourage qualified personnel and their families to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Brown and Donovan’s letter said: “If you are eligible to use the vaccine, please make an appointment to receive the vaccine. This requires a community to break this trend, and we count on our neighbors to do their part.”
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