• shop local

  • 4 local news 1

  • 1a close delay

  • 3 listen live


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.

Pin It

All news stories that air on The Moose/The Blizzard come from 1st-hand reporting, press releases, & other media outlets only. All press releases that come from law enforcement agencies & fire departments are aired with no exceptions. All names & ages of subjects in police reports are aired if they are released from the police agency. If is at all possible, the names of victims are not aired. The Moose/The Blizzard reserves the right not to air suicide or mental health stories, depending on the circumstances. Should you believe there is an error in the report, contact the police agency involved & if there is indeed an error, a correction will be aired. All statements made during interview segments are the beliefs & opinions of the interview subject & do not reflect the opinions of the radio stations.