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NORTH CANAAN, Conn. – Eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home have died in an outbreak of COVID-19 that has stretched more than a month. Nearly 90 residents and staff have tested positive for the virus in the last seven weeks, CNN reported.

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Geer Village Senior Community in North Canaan first raised alarms about the outbreak in October, but cases have continued to rise since then. At that time there were three positive cases, CBS News reported.

Administrators at Geer Village said they have been waiting to get COVID-19 booster shots for their residents and staff but cannot administer them until they have gone two weeks with no new positive cases.

In a statement, Geer Village said: “We are encouraged to see 69 staff and residents already recovered and coming off isolation. While we must continue with Covid-19 prevention protocols, we want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tracks nursing home data and reports that a total of 139,270 people have died from COVID-19 while in nursing homes since the start of the pandemic.

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