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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 21, 2021
Island Nursing Home gets the all clear
Staffing situation stabilizing, Trombley says

COVID-19 Local Updates Fall/Winter 2020
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by Leslie Landrigan

The Island Nursing Home (INH) has gone for nearly a month without any residents or staff testing positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak that affected every resident and caused 14 deaths.

Executive Director Matthew Trombley said in an email the nursing home was officially cleared on December 23. Staffing is going well, he said. “We haven’t utilized volunteers in a couple weeks now and we are balancing out between house staff and contract staff,” Trombley said.

Financial implications

The outbreak, however, was costly, according to Board President Ronda Dodge and Vice President Judith Williams in a December appeal letter. INH needed to provide financial incentives to employees, hire temporary staff, upgrade technology, build outside spaces for visits and buy six months of personal protective equipment, the letter said.

“Unfortunately, this has inevitably had a damaging effect on our finances and could, in the longer-term, threaten INH’s very viability,” the letter said.