PORT WASHINGTON, NY — A spike in the reported number of nursing home deaths includes 457 residents who died in Nassau nursing homes. On Monday, data released by New York State Health Department included both confirmed and presumed deaths related to coronativus, the first time statistics in both categories have been released.
Statewide, the Health Department reported 1,700 deaths that were previously not factored into the count. On Long Island, more than 1,000 additional deaths have been added to the death toll of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
First reported by the Associated Press, the revised count takes into account those who died before widespread testing was available. The AP reported that 22 nursing homes, largely in New York City and Long Island, have reported at least 40 deaths.
On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cautioned that the public should take the new data with a "grain of salt." Cuomo suggested the Health Department's understanding of "presumed deaths" is likely to evolve as it further studies deaths outside of hospitals and nursing homes.
"How do you confirm all those deaths as attributed to coronavirus? I would just have a caveat on all of these. I think they are going to change over time," Cuomo said.
Here's the breakdown in the total nursing home deaths in Nassau County. As noted, the totals include both confirmed and presumed deaths due to coronavirus. To search for specific nursing homes, the Health Department's data can be accessed here as a PDF.
Great Neck: 42
East Meadow: 39
Glen Cove: 34
Roslyn Heights: 31
Long Beach: 31
Rockville Centre: 15
Franklin Square: 14
Port Washington: 12
North Bellmore: 5
Valley Stream: 1
Island Park: 1