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Niagara County death toll jumps by 6 to 34; half of victims in nursing homes

The Niagara County Health Department disclosed six more deaths from the Covid-19 virus Tuesday, bringing the total in the county since the pandemic began to 34.

Figures posted by the State Health Department said 17 of Niagara County's deaths have occurred in nursing homes; 15 are officially confirmed and two others are suspected to have been caused by the virus.

Except for a few cases at the beginning of the pandemic, Niagara County has not disclosed the locations of its deaths.

All but three of Niagara County's victims have been older than 60, and all but two had underlying health conditions before catching the virus.

The six victims listed fell into both categories. They were women aged 61, 83 and 94, and men aged 62, 89 and 90.

The state nursing homes figures showed six confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths in Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; four deaths at Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Niagara Falls; three at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston; and one each in Elderwood at Lockport and Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls.

Niagara County reported 41 new positive virus cases Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 570. As of Tuesday morning, 19 were hospitalized, 230 were isolated at home, and 287 were deemed to have recovered.

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