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State to close Norwich nursing home with COVID-19 outbreak

Hartford Courant - 9/16/2020

The state Department of Public Health will shut down a Norwich nursing home where five residents have died from COVID-19 and at least 21 residents and six staff members have been infected.

About 17 COVID patients from the Three Rivers Healthcare will be transferred to Riverside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in East Hartford while another 29 who are COVID-negative will be moved to nursing homes near Norwich.

Acting DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD MPH has scheduled a 4 p.m. press conference in Norwich to discuss the situation at Three Rivers.

A state inspection at Three Rivers recently found numerous serious violations related to infection control, staffing and other issues that led to appointment of a temporary manager.

Families of Three Rivers were told on a conference call Wednesday morning that the state was making the unprecedented move to close the nursing home.

“We were told they were closing the facility and they were moving people as early as today,” said Karen Kingston, whose mother is a resident at Three Rivers.

Kingston said she has been trying to move her mother to either Bridebrook or Gladview nursing homes but these facilities have reluctant to take patients from Three Rivers because of all the COVID-19 cases.


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