The Livingston County Nursing Home is closed to new patients, due to staffing shortages by employees who chose not to get vaccinated, as is now mandated by a state executive order, for anyone working with medical patients.
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At the Livingston County Nursing Home, there are between 40 and 50 people on unpaid leave, mostly due to state mandates that call for them to be vaccinated if working in the nursing home. Those on unpaid leave include Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and others, who provide direct care to the patients.
The mandate was made following last Spring’s spread of Covid 19, particularly hard hitting nursing homes, which had a greater percentage of deaths due to the compromised immune systems of the elderly patients, and the criticism of the state and then- Governor Andrew Cuomo in not protecting nursing home residents and others from Covid 19.
At present, in order to alleviate the staffing shortage problems caused by unvaccinated nursing home workers on leave. the state allows the hiring of uncertified nursing assistants who are vaccinated, who can learn “on the job”, something which is not normally allowed.