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Two more die from Covid-19 at Wyoming County nursing home

Two more residents at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw died over the weekend from Covid-19, county and nursing home officials said Monday.

The latest deaths come three weeks after the facility announced a resident had died from the novel coronavirus, marking what appeared to be the first Covid-19 fatality in Western New York.

One of the latest virus victims had been admitted into the Wyoming County Community Hospital, which is attached to the nursing home, five days ago, according to Jeffrey L. Davis, chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.

In all, the nursing home has had five residents test positive for Covid-19.

"We have had a total of five cases and three have passed away and the remaining two are doing well," said Joe McTernan, chief executive officer of the Wyoming County Community Health System, which owns the nursing home.

Dawn James, administrator of the nursing home, said they are working with state and county health officials to keep residents safe.

“Each resident is monitored frequently for a temperature or any associated viral symptoms,” James said. “We continue to screen all staff prior to entering the building.”

In addition, she said the nursing home has implemented “the best practices in infection control and use all personal protective equipment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health.”

“We are deeply saddened by these losses and wish the families comfort during this difficult time. I offer my prayers to the families and loved ones who are experiencing this heartbreak,” Davis said.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranks the Wyoming County nursing home at an overall rating of two out of five stars, or "below average."

As of earlier Monday, Davis said 34 people throughout the county had tested positive for Covid-19, which represented an increase of one since Friday.

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