Chelmsford nursing home, recently under state scrutiny, dealing with new cases of COVID-19

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Just a week after inviting 25 Investigates to see their efforts to get back on track following a deadly outbreak, Sunny Acres Nursing Home and Rehabilitation is again dealing with a bout of COVID-19.

The home had a brush with COVID-19 in the spring. But, last fall a deadly outbreak of the virus swept through the facility, as first reported by 25 Investigates.

At the time, state and federal inspectors were so concerned they temporarily dubbed the home an “immediate jeopardy” halting any new admissions for weeks. Administrators responded by hiring a crisis response team to root out infection control problems.

In a statement, Sunny Acres’ director of nursing, Bridget Lynch, said that the new COVID-19 cases occurred in the quarantine unit where new residents are admitted from hospitals. “Unfortunately, with the hospitals now filled with Covid-19 patients, it’s always a possibility that a new admit to our facility is going to test positive within their 14-day quarantine period. This is why we have strict infection control protocols in place and frequent testing for residents and staff,” she wrote.

The home added that they are dealing with a total of 7 cases - 5 residents and two staff.

Steven Hall, the interim administrator at Sunny Acres, told anchor and investigative reporter Kerry Kavanaugh that everyone is doing well and are currently not showing any symptoms. “I’m pleased to say that, to date, no other units have been affected,” he said

Last week, two 25 Investigates producers were invited into the facility as residents and staff were getting their COVID vaccines. For many it was their second dose of the injection.

According to Hall, 79% of the home’s residents have received both vaccinations.

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