Saratoga, New York – Given the recent announcement by Clinton County Department of Health that all elderly residents at the 46 Flynn Ave senior living facility in Plattsburgh will be placed under quarantine, Congresswoman Stefanik released the following statement requesting immediate additional action to address the health and safety of our senior living faculties and nursing homes to protect our seniors who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“I strongly believe that transparency is critically important to inform our seniors and their families during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “New York State continues to fail to release data of nursing home or senior facilities impacted by COVID-19. The Clinton County Health Department made the right call to release this information publicly to educate our seniors and the community. If the State does not release this data, our county departments of public health and senior facilities should self-report.

“I believe that frontline medical and support staff at all senior facilities across the North Country must have priority access to testing and PPE in order to continue in the workplace. Additionally, our senior facilities and nursing homes should immediately strengthen mandatory staff protocols like temperature checks before allowed into facilities.

“We must continue to work as a community to protect our seniors by abiding by CDC’s guidance to stay home and social distance. My office is committed to continuing our strong support of the County Offices of the Aging across our district to ensure seniors have information about grocery delivery and prescription drug delivery services. We are grateful to our County Public Health offices for working diligently to address these issues.”