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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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Data released by the New York State Health Department show just how vulnerable nursing home residents are to COVID-19 — especially in areas hard hit by the coronavirus.

The deaths of nursing home residents make up nearly 14% of virus-related fatalities on Long Island, at 251 deaths, and nearly 16%, or 106 deaths, in Westchester County.

 
This is the first time the state has provided a breakdown of nursing home data.

Note: Due to privacy reasons, the state did not provide information from nursing homes with fewer than five deaths.

Anyone who has concerns about the wellbeing of a nursing home resident in New York can call the state’s long-term care ombudsman at 855-582-6769.

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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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