Virus Claims Lives Of Nursing Home Residents In N.Y. Suburbs

Grant Boone
April 19, 2020

A Clare TD has questioned the amount of time it took for visitor restrictions to be introduced at nursing homes across the country.

The Eagle carries an AP story reporting that the Cobble Hill Health Center, a nursing home located at 380 Henry Street, has topped the list of recent deaths in nursing homes in New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 55 deaths reported to date.

Cobble Hill may be the top of the list but there are others close behind, including Kings Harbor Multicare Center in the Bronx with 45 deaths; the Franklin Center in Queens and Carmel Richmond In Staten Island with 44 deaths each and the Holliswood Center in Queens with 40.

Department of Health's COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information. "The people who regulate nursing homes that I engage with is HIQA so I've a lot of time for Nursing Homes Ireland they do a very good job and had a lot of work going on this year", he concluded.

Varadkar told parliament that new measures to help protect nursing home residents were not being implemented fast enough, as his acting government faced criticism by opposition politicians for the speed of its response. New York State has more than 600 nursing homes.

The state's tally appears to include residents who were already receiving hospice services prior to contracting COVID-19, the company said.

More than a fifth of America's 31,600 coronavirus deaths have been linked to nursing homes, according to new analysis by The New York Times.

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Yet even with that early warning, many nursing homes remained without adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. Testing for residents and staff remains spotty, at best.

Chris Laxton, executive director of the The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, applauded the state for releasing the data. "We continue to be in urgent need of PPE, especially gowns, test kits, and surge staff, to limit staff from travelling between buildings and risking additional spread".

"We're working with each individual nursing home to address that".

"They're death pits", said former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, who founded a nonprofit aimed at stopping hospital-acquired infections. "This is not only important in terms of controlling outbreak, but we need to make sure that we're out of this surge and that we protect our hospitals".

"The number of deaths released must be put in context".

Another resident who died is suspected to have contracted the virus, but the test result has not yet been returned. County officials in northern New Jersey said Thursday that at least 26 patients had died at a nursing home in Andover.

An Associated Press report found infections were continuing to find their way into nursing homes because screening staff for a fever or questioning them about symptoms didn't catch people who were infected but asymptomatic.

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