Conn. urges nursing home residents to stay put for Thanksgiving to avoid COVID spread

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut health officials are urging families of nursing home residents to not bring their loved ones home for Thanksgiving to help curb and prevent coronavirus infections in long-term care centers.

The state's acting public health commissioner, Dr. Deidre Gifford, said Tuesday that officials want to prevent elderly residents from getting sick and spreading the infection at nursing homes.

Gifford and other health officials also said the state is reopening four health care centers dedicated solely to recovering COVID-19 patients, to help prevent nursing home outbreaks.

Three centers in East Hartford, Meriden and Wallingford are already open and had 95 patients on Monday.