Connecticut orders nursing home evacuation after asbestos discovery

The state of Connecticut ordered some residents be evacuated from a nursing and rehabilitation center in Waterford, NBC Connecticut reported March 9.

Greentree Manor sent samples to a lab that came back positive for asbestos, according to the report. "This morning as part of a renovation of an isolated wing of Greentree Manor, we uncovered tiles that may, potentially, be asbestos," the facility said in a statement to NBC Connecticut. The statement added that patient safety is Greentree Manor's top priority.

The state Department of Public Health said it "verbally ordered the evacuation of a number of residents" and had staff on sight to monitor the transfers. However, it is unclear how many residents have been relocated and how many are staying in other parts of the facility, the report said.

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