Stamford Begins Testing Nursing Home and Senior Living Facility Workers

STAMFORD, Conn. — Mayor David Martin announced today the City has made arrangements for the testing of asymptomatic healthcare workers at nursing homes throughout Stamford, including Cassena Care, Edgehill Health Center, Long Ridge Post-Acute Care, St. Camillus Center, and The Villa. Testing will also be offered to assisted care facilities across Stamford.

“This testing is part of the City’s larger initiative to provide testing for essential workers on the frontlines fighting this virus,” said Mayor David Martin. “Workers at these institutions take care of the most vulnerable residents in our community.  This expansion of testing will not only help protect these workers and their families, it will also help protect the residents and their families.”

Similar to the City’s initiative to test emergency response providers, healthcare workers will receive nasopharyngeal tests (“nasal swabs”) provided by DOCS Urgent Care and Murphy Medical Associates. These tests will be processed by Quest Diagnostics and Sema4 Labs. Results will be returned to workers within 48 hours. Each institution will manage testing of its own employees and provide results to the City of Stamford.

Residents over the age of 70 make up approximately 15 percent of all reported positive cases of COVID-19 in Stamford, but make up roughly 78 percent of COVID-19 related deaths. Based upon the most recent data available, across all nursing homes Stamford has over 90 patients in these institutions with a positive case of COVID-19 while the state’s total is over 1,713 patients across Connecticut. The number of employees in nursing homes and assisted care facilities that have contracted this disease is unknown, in part due to the lack of adequate testing capacity in the state and country.

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