COVID-19 devastated the nursing home, killing thousands of elderly people, with the state’s highlands making a Long Island home experience something of a miracle – just one death.
Even when the Cuomo administration, under court order, released more complete data this month to include residents of nursing homes who died in hospitals, the Tally for Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at South Point Just grew by three.
But a resident of Nassau County claims that four deaths are also bald, with two or three residents insisting that the deaths occur every day at the height of the epidemic – for so many victims, the facility’s beauty parlor is being sold as an audacious morgue. Has been changed to.
“People just disappeared,” said Jeffrey Fisher, 51 years old. He said his roommate died – although he does not know the cause – and the corpse remained in his room for eight hours because there was no place to keep the body.
The village of Island Park, where the Grand Rehabilitation is located, was issued 35 death certificates for those who died at home from 1 March 2020 through 31 March 2020. This has been compared to just three during the same period in 2019, records obtained by The Post.
The cause of death is not immediately known. Coronovirus testing was inconsistent and difficult at the onset of the epidemic, making it difficult to confirm who possessed the virus.
The home is one of 76 in New York – including eight in the Big Apple – where five or fewer residents died of COVID-19 in the official state count as of Tuesday. City homes include Park Nursing in Queens, which has resulted in five deaths; Henry J. in Manhattan. Carter Skilled Nursing Facility, with two; And Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx with five.
Nursing homes are about to report deaths to the Department of Health, but the low mortality rate – particularly in the hard-hit New York City area – raises questions as to whether the DOH made no effort to verify the numbers.
“One or two deaths, it’s a red flag for me,” said Richard Molot, head of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, an advocacy group. “If you see discrepancies that should be a red flag to at least ask questions.”
The Cuomo administration, which handled the nursing home during the epidemic, is now being investigated by the FBI and federal prosecutors.
Attorney General Letitia James said a creepy report released last month said the state had more than 50 percent of the deaths in nursing homes. Some nursing homes were also reported to be reducing deaths of people living in the state who did not identify facilities.
The total number of nursing home residents who died is over 13,000.
“There are still discrepancies in data everywhere, even with all the additional reporting,” said Bill Hammond, senior partner in health policy at the Empire Center for Public Policy Too. Administration to release more complete data through Freedom of Information Law requests.
He said that it is possible that some nursing homes have managed to keep the virus at bay and some have fatal consequences.
“Nassau was one of the toughest places and they should be really lucky,” he said of the Grand Rehabilitation Home.
Theresa Sari, whose 60-year-old mother, Maria Sutch, contracted COVID-19 in a nursing home and died in a nearby hospital, said she did not believe the Grand Rehabilitation’s official death count. He questioned his caring mother, who suffered from dementia at the facility.
“She was barely alive when she arrived at the hospital. He waited until the last moment to get his help.
Satch’s death on April 13, 2020, is not accurately counted in the newly released state data, which is the Empire Center Posted on his site. There is no hospital death of a Grand Rehabilitation listed for that day.
Sari said the hospital incorrectly set up the wrong nursing home on her mother’s death certificate. But the nursing home should have reported the death to the DOH, Hammond said, even though it happened at the hospital.
Mayor Spillman, regional administrator of the Grand Heathcare System, said the DOH investigation of the deaths was correct and that “deaths from natural causes can increase significantly from month to month.” No further explanation is needed. “
He said he could not comment on individual deaths.
“Nursing homes are required to verify the data provided to the DOH, and accuracy in that reporting is critically important. The Department of Health is reviewing all data received, and if the facility is subject to reporting we will take appropriate measures to ensure accountability, ”said DOH spokesman Gary Holmes.