73 Percent of People Killed by COVID-19 in Steuben County Were Connected to Nursing Homes
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY- Stargazette.com writes that 73 percent of the people killed in Steuben County by the coronavirus were individuals connected to long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. At Hornell Gardens, at least six deaths were confirmed, although the actual numbers could be higher. The county would not release additional information about deaths that may have occurred at other nursing facilities in the county.*
The deaths have raised concerns over the way in which these fatalities are being reported and about how the state is handling data from these facilities. According to the director of public health for the county, mass testing was completed at the three facilities that have been considered hot spots because of viral outbreaks.
Reports indicate that 24 of the county’s deaths from the virus were cases where the patients ended up dying either at a nursing home facility or at the hospital after being transferred from a nursing home.
Nursing homes in New York State are being required to report all deaths caused by COVID-19 to the state authorities. The state reports to the public when any facility has five or more reported deaths from the virus. Facilities with fewer cases are not being reported out of privacy concerns.
The most recent list did not include Hornell Gardens, and yet, the county confirmed that more than five people at the facility have died from COVID-19. Other homes in Steuben County were also excluded from the state’s list. A representative from the country confirmed that six deaths occurred at Hornell Gardens and stated that the facility has the responsibility of reporting those numbers to the state.
Across the country, thousands of people have died in nursing homes from the highly contagious virus.
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