Lowville, NY- Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility announced a temporary closure of all four floors of the facility to visitors late Wednesday night, due to what officials say is a scabies outbreak.
A highly contagious skin condition caused by mites that bury into your skin and cause a rash, hospital officials report there are positive cases for three staff members and four residents. As a precautionary measure, residents and employees have been treated and workers have been thoroughly cleaning all floors, plus possessions that belong to residents.
According to members from the Nursing Home Administration and Infection Prevention Committee, this decision to temporarily close all floors of the Residential Health Care Facility was made to ensure protection from possible infection. Officials say scabies is often spread through direct skin contact with another person.
Working with the State Department of Health, a plan has been established to contain the outbreak, which is indeed treatable and non-life threatening.
State health officials say visiting residents will have to be approved on a case by case basis by the leading nurse of each floor.
Stay tuned, we will announce any updates as soon as they become available.