ITHACA, N.Y.—After a confirmed case of COVID-19, the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home has temporarily ended visitation to its second-floor residents as of June 24. Outdoor visitation is still allowed for any residents not under extra precautions.

While Oak Hill Manor representatives declined to comment, a message posted on their website informed visitors of the decision. The Tompkins County Health Department confirmed that there was one person at the home who tested positive for the virus.

The New York State Department of Health, who has been in charge of preventing outbreaks at nursing homes and contact tracing in the event of a positive case at a nursing home, directed questions back to Oak Hill Manor staff.

It’s unclear if the person who tested positive is a staff member or a resident.

“Indoor visitation has been suspended for our 2nd-floor residents at this time due to a confirmed positive COVID result,” the message on the nursing home’s website says. “Outdoor visitation can continue for all residents who are not currently on contact/droplet precautions. Please call the facility directly for further guidance.”

Oak Hill Manor faced some of the most brutal COVID-19 impacts, with likely the biggest single-location outbreak of the coronavirus and eventually seeing at least 12 of its residents die as a result of contracting the virus, according to the Tompkins County Health Department.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com