Narcotic deaths from coronavirus in New York nursing home do not match state reports


The state is seeking to explain up to 98 residents of the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights who died of COVID-19, officials said on Saturday.

The state lists only 13 deaths in the facility.

“We are working to verify all of the information that comes to our attention” in Isabella and in the 613 nursing homes and 544 adult care facilities, said Gary Holmes, spokesman for the State Department of Health.

Officials could not say whether Isabella had deliberately misled the state. The establishment insists that it has reported all deaths.

Governor Cuomo had harsh words for nursing homes on Friday saying they were submitting figures “under penalty of perjury”.

“You rape, you commit fraud, it’s a criminal offense, period. They can therefore be prosecuted for fraud on one of these report numbers, “he said.

A nurse leaves the Isabella Geriatric Center
A nurse leaves the Isabella Geriatric CenterRichard Harbus

A Heath State Department website on Saturday listed 13 deaths of Isabella residents as of May 1, despite reports that nearly 100 residents of the facility had died.

The nursing home recognized 60 confirmed and suspected deaths from COVID-19 in the huge 705-bed facility, as well as 38 others who died from confirmed or suspected hospital cases.

Snafus in the state surveillance system are widespread, The Post found.

At the sprawling Hebrew house of Riverdale, 25 residents have died of suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus since March 1, a spokesperson said, but the state still reports the number at zero.

The state’s largest private nursing home with 751 beds, Hebrew Home said that half of the 14 patients who died in his beds were confirmed to be COVID-19 and half were presumed to have it. And 11 more of its residents died of the virus after being taken to hospital.

“The Hebrew Home has been and continues to be fully transparent in its reporting of deaths from lust,” said spokeswoman Wendy Steinberg.

The state website also lists the wrong name of a city-run Health + Hospitals nursing home.

An Isabella spokeswoman declined to comment on Saturday, but said last week: “Since the start of this pandemic, Isabella has reported truthful and accurate data requested by the health ministry. We shared the number of confirmed and suspected positive cases at the residence and hospital daily, including deaths. “

In the past, the state has cited Isabella and other nursing homes for leaving oxygen tubes connected to patients on the floor.

State health official Holmes said the agency was trying to “determine if [the] the installation is being declared. We haven’t found that yet.

“We came back and asked each nursing home to provide all confirmed and unconfirmed deaths from COVID-19,” he said.


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