United Helpers Rehabilitation & Senior Care Update - (12/1/2020)
OGDENSBURG – Since Sunday, November 22nd, United Helpers continues to work to curb the number of COVID cases at its Rehabilitation and Senior Care complex in Ogdensburg.
To date, 41 staff members and 71 residents have tested positive for the virus. The campus experienced the first fatality on Thursday, November 26th and since that time, five additional residents have lost their lives. Two residents are hospitalized at this time.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to our residents’ loved ones,” said Tim Parsons, vice president of operations. “We grieve with them, even as our health care professionals continue to work tirelessly and provide extraordinary care to those in our community who are afflicted with this dangerous virus.”
On Monday, November 30th, United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton reported that three residents and two staff members tested positive
At this time, there are no positive cases, residents or staff, reported at any of the other United Helpers properties.
Stacey Cannizzo, vice president of quality, praised the staff and urged area residents to take COVID-19 seriously.
“I can’t say enough about the commitment of the United Helpers’ team,” Cannizzo said. “It truly takes an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to tackle something like this. The staff have truly stepped up to the plate. I’m constantly amazed and humbled by their dedication to those we care for.”
Cannizzo issues this plea to the community.
“Please, do your part to help. Wash your hands frequently. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask during gatherings, or when unable to maintain social distancing while outside. Limit social gatherings. And, if you’re not feeling well, seek medical attention promptly. Do what you can to lower your risk and help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
United Helpers continues to work closely with and adhere to the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the NYS Department of Health, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), St. Lawrence County Public Health, area hospitals, and other agencies.