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Mercy isn’t admitting COVID patients . . . or anyone else

TUPPER LAKE — Residents of Mercy Living Center do not have to worry about the nursing home accepting transfers of people who tested positive for COVID-19, an Adirondack Health spokesman said.

Although the state told nursing homes two weeks ago they could not reject transfers of people who had tested positive, Matt Scollin — spokesman for Adirondack Health, the nonprofit network that owns and runs Mercy — said that requirement only applies to current residents, not transfers — at least for Mercy. That is because Mercy has closed admission of new residents.

Other facilities that are still open to new admissions may be required to accept people who tested positive for COVID-19.

“With our current staffing, we are comfortable right where we are and are not accepting any new residents at this time,” Scollin said.

He said several Mercy residents have been transferred to Adirondack Medical Center, Adirondack Health’s hospital in Saranac Lake, for non-COVID-19-related reasons, and that when they return they will spend two weeks in isolation rooms before they can return to their usual rooms and interact with other residents.

Officials at Elderwood of Uihlein, a nursing home in Lake Placid, could not immediately be reached for this article.

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