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COVID-19 Outbreak, Not Vaccine, Blamed for Death at Nursing Home in Auburn Local News

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Westminster Presbyterian Church pastor Patrick Heery performs a livestream outdoor service for healing and prayer at The Commons on St. Anthony for residents and staff. The nursing home is besieged with more than 180 COVID-19 cases and more than 20 deaths.

Kevin Rivoli, Citizen

A viral social media post and an article published on a obscure website erroneously suggest that there may be a link between the timing of COVID-19 vaccinations and deaths at an Auburn nursing home.

The posts refer to reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak on The Commons on St. Anthony and Auburn. More than 180 employees and residents of the facility have tested positive for the virus. At least 28 residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The authors of the posts, which Citizen does not disclose to prevent the spread of false and misleading information, raise the possibility that there is a link between the deaths and the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the nursing home.

However, key facts have been omitted from the allegations. Commons, run by Loretto, began vaccinating employees and residents on December 22nd. Before the first vaccination clinic, the nursing home already had a COVID-19 outbreak. Julie Sheedy, a spokeswoman for Loretto, told The Citizen that the outbreak began in December after Thanksgiving.

“Given the incubation period that we know of this virus, our facility was affected before vaccines were available for administration,” Sheedy wrote in an email Monday. “We certainly wish the vaccines had been available more quickly to prevent the destruction caused by this virus.”

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