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Rensselaer County Earns Special Funding from Federal Government for Health and Safety Work at Van Rensselaer Manor

Rensselaer County has earned special funding from the federal government for meeting health and safety standards at the county nursing home, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced today.

The county is being awarded $422,000 from the federal government for maintaining low infection and mortality rates at the VRM during the pandemic. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“We are proud to provide excellent and compassionate service at the Van Rensselaer Manor and equally proud to have that work recognized by the federal government,” said McLaughlin.

“These are high standards to meet, and reflects the outstanding work done every day by our team at the VRM and county government,” added McLaughlin.

To earn the funding, the county needed to maintain infection and mortality rates at the VRM below infection and mortality rates in the surrounding community. The funding is required to be used for response, preparation and prevention of COVID-19.

McLaughlin said two directives helped the county meet the high standards for the On March 3, 2020, the VRM was closed to visitors. Subsequently, staff at the VRM was not allowed to work outside the facility, helping reduce instances of transmission.

“We took some common-sense steps to protect residents at the VRM, and those steps, coupled with the work of our staff and Health Department, helped make a difference,” said McLaughlin.

The county previously received $30,000 in funding from the CARES Act for meeting infection and mortality standards last fall.

A resolution to accept the funding will be considered at the March meeting of the County Legislature.