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Questions loom around nursing home facilities and how they’re handling COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19 – you should stay home and quarantined.

Well, that isn’t the policy that officials are allowing to play out in different places around New York.

Weeks ago the Hornell Gardens Nursing Home in Steuben County made headlines twice. Once for being at the center of a local COVID-19 outbreak. And second for transporting residents, who hadn’t tested positive for COVID-19 at that facility to another Hurlbut Community Care facility in Waterloo, Seneca County.

At least 15 people have died at Hornell Gardens Nursing Home since the start of the outbreak. County leaders in Steuben are protesting a state department of health requirement that pushes seniors who test positive for COVID-19, but don’t require Intensive Care Unit treatment back into nursing home facilities.

Medical experts agree that seniors are most at risk.

Reports have circulated and been confirmed in Steuben County that healthcare workers who test positive for COVID-19 are also continuing to work with residents confirmed to have the virus.

It’s raised serious question about the policy, and how it has impacted the overall numbers. Reporting also appears to be an issue. New York State reports less than 10 nursing home deaths in Steuben County, but News10NBC confirmed that at least 15 died at Hornell Gardens alone from COVID.



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