HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Nursing homes across the state learned more about how the coronavirus outbreak will be impacting them.

A letter was sent out by the Department of Public Health, letting nursing homes know that the state will designate specific facilities for residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and those who have not.

Under the plan, there are four options which include:

  1. Separation of COVID-19 positive residents: Anyone diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in a hospital and later admitted to a nursing home will be monitored and assessed for 14 days in an area that only has other COVID-19 positive residents. Anyone admitted who is negative for COVID-19 will be housed with other residents who are negative, as a mitigation measure.
  2. Dedication of space: Existing nursing homes will dedicate specific units that will group together residents who have been diagnosed as being COVID-19 positive, where applicable.
  3. Conversion of existing nursing homes: Residents of some long-term care facilities who either test negative for COVID-19 or display no symptoms will be able to voluntarily transfer to facilities where there are no COVID-19 positive residents. At the same time, some facilities will be converted to only house individuals who are COVID-19 positive and dedicate their new admissions to individuals who have been diagnosed positive. This concept also includes a facility who has a dedicated entrance to a unit within the structure that can physically isolate all care and services from normal operations. For existing nursing home conversions, individuals who are not positive for COVID-19 and/or asymptomatic will all be voluntarily transferred to the receiving destination prior to that facility accepting any individuals who are COVID-19 positive.
  4. Development of new alternate care sites: New spaces are identified that are currently vacant and in several cases have been vacated through recent nursing home closures. These sites would be licensed as chronic and convalescent nursing homes and the request would be made to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for an 1135 waiver for rapid certification. These alternate care sites, too, would be dedicated to the care of individuals positive for COVID-19. Alternate care sites developed will be inspected and approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH can also provide support regarding access to and moving of equipment, staffing and logistics.

The Department of Social Services and the Office of Police and Management have determined a payment rate for options 3 and 4. Those options would also require a written proposal to DPH prior to approval that will need to address staffing patterns, equipment needs, and support systems.

According to the state, options 3 and 4 will create additional bed space for 1,175 people.

The following nursing homes have been identified as potential sites:

Option 3 (Conversion of Existing Facilities):

  • Sharon Health Care (Sharon, 88 Beds)
  • Greenwich Woods (Greenwich, 217)
  • Total beds in option 3: 305

Option 4 (New Alternate Sites):

  • Old Greenwich Civic Center (Greenwich, 90 Beds)
  • Silver Hill Hospitals (New Caanan, 90 Beds)
  • Westfield (Meriden, 120 Beds)
  • Green Springs (East Hartford, 120 Beds)
  • Vacant Nursing Home in Region 5 (120 Beds)
  • Total beds in option 4: 540

Officials said team members will be in touch with families who will need to relocate loved ones.

The Dept. of Public Health recognizes that this is an overwhelming time for residents and their families, but said these are necessary steps to protect residents and keep them safe.

As of Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m. the following list of nursing homes had residents who tested positive for COVID-19:


Bloomfield Healthcare Center

Caleb Hitchcock Health Center

Touchpoints at Bloomfield


Jewish Living Center


Cherry Brook Health Care Center


Glen Hill Center

East Haven:

Whispering Pines Rehabilitation Center


Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation

Nathaniel Witherell


Guilford House


Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion


Glendale Center

New Haven:

Grimes Center

New London:

Harbor Village Health and Rehabilitation


Bel-Air Manor


Portland Care and Rehabilitation

Rocky Hill:

Apple Rehab Rocky Hill


Shady Knoll Health Center


Sharon Health Care Center


Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation

Gardner Heights Health Care Center

Stafford Springs:

Evergreen Health Care Center


St. Camillus Center


Suffield House


RegalCare at Torrington

Wolcott Hall


Maefair Health Care Center


Abbott Terrace Health Center

RegalCare at Waterbury

Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation


Bayview Health Care


Wilton Meadows


Kimberly Hall North

Windsor Health and Rehabilitation


The Willows


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Be VERY careful about what nursing home your loved one gets transferred to. Check on the Connecticut Court record site (CT JUDICIAL CASE LOOKUP),and run the name of the nursing home AND /OR the parent company in the database. Patients have been dropped from Hoyer lifts, patients have fallen, patients have acquired bedsores, and have suffered other FATAL injuries. Nursing homes are NOT safe places to be in. I speak from personal experience.

When you search the court database, you WILL find court cases involving fatalities (look for terms such as "Administrator of estate of..." also.)

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