Wampsville, N.Y. – Four more Madison County residents have died from coronavirus, the county says, and all of them had been patients at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing home in Chittenango.
The deaths occurred over the past several weeks and raise the county’s total count to 15. Nine of those deaths are related to the nursing facility on Russell Avenue, the county says.
The Grand experienced a wave of Covid-19 cases in May, partly because the state of New York came in and tested every one of the facility’s approximately 80 residents for the virus. More than half of the residents had tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of tests was completed the week of May 18.
But a nursing home administrator said that there currently are no active cases of coronavirus in the nursing facility. He added that last week’s spike in deaths was misleading, since only one of the four new deaths was directly attributable to the virus. The other three residents had been hospitalized with other issues. All of them died at hospitals.
“We sent three of those to the hospital with other issues,” said Bruce Gendron, a vice president of The Grand Healthcare System.
While all four had tested positive for Covid-19, three were asymtomatic.
“The county counts them (as coronavirus deaths) because they have to. It’s our opinion that one of them died from Covid-19. The others died with Covid-19 but from something else,” Gendron said.
Gendron said the Chittenango facility, one of a network of nursing and rehabilitation centers around the state that operates under The Grand, was actually planning a drive-by parade for residents and families today to celebrate a turning point in battling the virus.
The county’s overall numbers are way down, as well.
Madison County coronavirus dashboard
As of Sunday afternoon, Madison County listed only nine active cases of Covid-19. The county’s total number of positive tests was 354, up only two from Thursday’s total of 352.
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