New York nursing home reports 98 coronavirus-related deaths
NEW YORK: A New York City home on Friday reported the deaths of 98 residents believed to have had the ... a staggering number of deaths that shocked public officials.
It is absolutely horrible, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is an invaluable loss, and it is simply impossible to imagine so many people lost in one place.
It's hard to say if the series of deaths in Manhattan, in Manhattan, is the worst outbreak in nursing homes so far in the US. USA, because even within city facilities they have chosen to report deaths in different ways. An official state count of nursing home deaths listed just 13 in the home as of Friday.
But officials at the 705-bed center confirmed that as of Wednesday, 46 residents who tested positive for Covid-19 had died, as well as 52 other people suspected of having the virus. Some died in the nursing home, and others died after being treated in hospitals.
The number of bodies became so overwhelming that the house ordered a refrigerator truck to store them because funeral homes have taken days to collect the deceased.
Isabella, like all nursing homes in New York City, initially had limited access to consistent and widespread internal testing to quickly diagnose our residents and staff, a nursing home spokeswoman wrote in an email. This hampered our ability to identify infected and asymptomatic people, despite our efforts to quickly separate anyone with symptoms.
Isabella also encountered a shortage of staff, leading to her hiring outside agencies and the first challenges in securing personal protective equipment for employees. Waters said the house is finally getting more access to the tests now.
The death toll at the nursing home was first reported by the local cable news station.
Nursing homes are known from the first days of the outbreak as a problem location. They have been particularly affected in New York, which has had at least 3,043 nursing home deaths, the most in the nation, as of Wednesday, according to a press count.
The State Department said it received reports of outbreaks from 239 nursing homes, including at least six facilities with a death toll of 40 or more patients.
The only thing we know now about nursing homes is that the status quo cannot continue to say the least, de Blasio said. Something very different has to happen.
City officials are trying to provide help in any way we can, the mayor added, saying the city had delivered thousands of respirator masks to the Heights facility.
The nursing home said it could not speculate on why a state survey previously listed just 13 COVID-19 deaths at its facilities. He sent a long statement to the AP on Friday, insisting that he truthfully and accurately reported his death toll to state officials.
The nursing home also said it kept family members informed of changes in the conditions of their loved ones despite the circumstances.
When we think your loved one is about to die, we reach out to a resident's primary contact and ask if they want to say goodbye in person or by phone or an app, Waters said. The farewell visits in person were never interrupted and continue to happen.