The State Health Department has released a list of 22 nursing homes on Long Island, including homes in Lynbrook, Glen Cove and Long Beach, where residents have died from the coronavirus epidemic. The state said its list included only deaths that took place inside the facility or at locations where five people or more have died.
The Health Department said 22 residents at the Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had died of the virus; eight at the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, and six at the Lynbrook Restorative and Therapy Nursing facility.
Across the state, the Health Department cited a total of 1,135 nursing home or assisted living center deaths at 72 facilities. The Health Department lists say 128 deaths took place at a total of 11 nursing homes in all of Nassau County.
The Health Department released the list after numerous complaints from the families of residents at the facilities, legislators and members of the media. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been asked repeatedly at his daily briefings about the coronavirus illness at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state. The governor had said the figures were being compiled.
Cuomo has now ordered nursing homes to immediately inform relatives of patients who test positive.
Administrators at the nursing homes in Long Beach, Garden City and Lynbrook have not released information about Covid-19 cases. But most all facilities have listed on their websites that they are sanitizing all areas within the homes, maintaining social distancing among staff members, and noting that they are closed to outsiders, to protect the health of patients.
Relatives have not been allowed to visit patients at the facilities, and many told media outlets the had been unable to reach patients by phone.
Administrators at the Long Beach, Glen Cove and Lynbrook facilities did not return calls seeking comment.