The coronavirus outbreak has now claimed 30 lives at the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation and killed as many as 40 other residents at two other Orange County nursing homes, according to the latest fatality counts from the state Department of Health.
In its new data, the state is now providing separate counts for nursing home deaths in which the resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and those in which the virus was the presumed cause. The revised listing also provides the number of deaths at all nursing homes and adult-care facilities - not just those that have had six or more fatalities - and included sharp changes in the numbers it had reported just two days earlier.
The number of deaths at the Orange County-owned Valley View jumped to 30 from 25 in those new figures, which reflect counts as of Sunday. Schervier Pavilion in Warwick, reported to have had eight deaths on Friday, now has 18 confirmed and one presumed death. Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center went from having 10 fatalities to seven confirmed and 14 presumed.
Thirteen homes in all in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties are now listed as having lost residents to the pandemic. That includes 12 reported deaths at Ten Broeck Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing in Lake Katrine and 11 confirmed or presumed deaths at Highland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Middletown.
Orange County lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on a resolution asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state health commissioner to reconsider a state order issued on March 25 that required nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from hospitals. Critics have denounced that mandate for increasing the risk that a highly vulnerable population would be exposed to the virus.