A spokesperson for the Wren Hall Nursing Home in Nottingham Road, Selston, said residents were between the ages of 71 and 91, with most deaths occurring in the past four days.
Anita Peet, director of the retirement home, said that “our hearts go out to families” as the home tries to protect other residents from the deadly virus.
She also requests that anti-body tests be available, which will detect who had the virus in order to protect residents and staff.
Sixteen home patients are currently isolated after developing symptoms that could be coronaviruses.
She told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s really horrible. At the moment, we are really short of the situation we are facing and our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones.
“It is horrible that people are not able to prepare for this, to spend quality time with their loved ones. This makes the situation more difficult.
“We call the family members of our residents because they are part of our family. He’s just tearing the staff apart as he watches it unfold. “
The 54-bed nursing home started to see the devastating effects of the coronavirus on March 25.
Peat said most of the deaths have occurred in the past four days.
She said family members were able to see their loved ones but were required to wear protective equipment to make sure they did not detect the virus themselves.
“Some people are isolated as a precaution in their rooms,” she added.
“Many people with dementia do not understand isolation, so we try to isolate people as much as possible so that they do not infect others.
“Everyone who has symptoms is isolated from others.
“One of the problems is the test. It is not reliable.
“We need antibody tests. I don’t think the current test is good enough. “
Ms. Peet said that three residents of the house had a negative result and a positive test for Covid-19, but that the three people who were negative now had “significant symptoms”.
She added: “People are suffering and it is very sad but we are trying to do our best for those who are always with us. “