PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plattsburgh Housing Authority ordered the quarantine of residents at a senior-living apartment complex after five people tested positive for COVID-19
The Barnard Apartments at 46 Flynn Avenue houses 69 residents age 50 or older in 60 apartments. It is staffed by housing authority employees and home health aides who were onsite Thursday evening to assist residents.
“This is the first instance in our region of a breakout of COVID-19 at one of our many homes for the elderly,” said Mayor Colin Read. “Of course, this occurrence is what has gravely concerned us all, given the challenges the COVID-19 virus can present to those sixty years of age or older.”
Read pledged his support to Mark Hamilton, director of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, to help contain the spread of the virus. He added that a test shortage is hindering the city’s ability to protect residents.
“These heroes need every possible tool to protect us, and we need to continue to do all the things we can to protect our health care professionals as they work so tirelessly to keep us safe,” Read said.
Plattsburgh’s police and fire chiefs are currently working on protocols to identify risks for each of the city’s senior housing facilities and to roll out an educational campaign for residents.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to every resident in the Flynn buildings, and we have faith that they are in the very best care of our public health experts at the Clinton County Health Department,” Read said.
In a statement, Rep. Elise Stefanik criticized state health officials for not releasing data on the virus in New York’s senior-living communities and requested immediate action.
“The Clinton County Health Department made the right call to release this information publicly to educate our seniors and the community,” she said. “If the state does not release this data, our county departments of public health and senior facilities should self-report.”