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Resident of WCCHS Skilled Nursing Facility Dies From COVID-19

This morning, one of the two COVID-19 positive residents at the Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) skilled nursing facility has died. The patient had been cared for in isolation since being tested. From Joseph McTernan, CEO of WCCHS, “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the resident. As we grieve, the safety of our residents, patients, staff and the community remains our focus.”

The following safety precautions have been put in place at the skilled nursing facility:

  • All staff are screened including temperature prior to entering the facility
  • Visitor restrictions remain in place
  • All staff members continue to take aggressive infection control measures and are using personal protective equipment

New York State Department of Health epidemiology staff and Wyoming County Health Department staff continue to work with the WCCHS skilled nursing facility, providing guidance and instruction. The source of the infections has not been determined.

The following staff members of the WCCHS skilled nursing facility will answer any questions family members may have:

  • Dawn James, Administrator (585) 786–8940, Ext. 4701
  • Denise Prusak, Director of Nursing (585) 786–8940, Ext. 4703

From Dr. Gregory Collins, DO, MPH, Commissioner of the Wyoming County Health Department, “All Wyoming County residents should take steps to care for yourselves, your families, friends and neighbors. These are unprecedented times for public health and we need to keep each other safe.”

About Wyoming County Community Health System
Wyoming County Community Health System has been serving Wyoming County and the surrounding area for over 100 years and continues its commitment of providing outstanding healthcare services for our rural community. WCCHS, a full service, County-owned health system comprised of a 62-bed acute-care hospital with a 138-bed Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw, NY, provides 24-hour emergency care as well as a full range of specialty health care. Services include family medicine, orthopaedics, women’s health, general surgery, mental health, neurology, ENT, and a variety of other specialty services. WCCHS is the area’s first hospital to be nationally certified for advanced total hip and total knee replacement surgery and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology. WCCHS has outpatient offices in Arcade, NY that also offers a wide range of specialist clinics, diagnostics and treatment services.

Contact:
Joseph L. McTernan, Chief Executive Officer
585-786-8940, Ext. 4401
jmcternan@wcchs.net

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