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Death toll up to 21 in Steuben County after nursing home residents moved to Waterloo

The Steuben County Public Health Department says two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

It brings the total number of fatalities into the Southern Tier hotspot up to 21.

One individual was a 78 year old male from the Town of Hornellsville who died while hospitalized outside the county. The other individual was an 88 year old male who died in a nursing home in the Hornell area, according to WETM-TV.

At least 15 of the deaths related to COVID-19 in Steuben County have come from nursing homes.

Hornell Gardens, a nursing facility that has had at least six reported COVID-19 deaths, began relocating residents who tested negative to Seneca Nursing & Rehabilitation in Waterloo, Seneca County.

“This virus continues to create losses in our community each day,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “In order to save lives, we must all remain committed to the importance of physical distancing, wearing face coverings in public, regularly disinfecting surfaces, and thoroughly washing hands.”

Officials continue to encourage residents of Steuben County to stay home and stop the spread of the virus.