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Health officials: Nursing home failed to report COVID death to Steuben County in June

The total number of people who have died from the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Steuben County is 44.

This comes after the Steuben County Public Health Department was made aware that a positive individual – who was reported to have recovered at a Hornell-area nursing home – had actually died prior to her reported recovery.


It happened in June, and the nursing home failed to report the death to public health officials.

“We try to be completely transparent and open with the information we have regarding Steuben County COVID-19 cases and deaths,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Unfortunately in this case, we were not provided with complete information at the time. There are many rumors about how deaths are reported and what deaths are linked to COVID-19. We are clear that this individual was COVID-19 positive at the time of her death, had never tested negative, and had medical professionals cite COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death.”


Specific information about the nursing home was not immediately available.

However, the person was identified as a 77-year-old female who’s death certificate indicates that COVID-19 was a contributing cause of death.

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