Three Steuben County nursing home residents die from COVID-19


UPDATE (4:13 pm.): The Steuben County Public Health Department reports that a fourth senior citizen has died from COVID-19. The fourth case is the third death of a resident in a Hornell area nursing home.

The individual was an 89 year old female who died at a nursing home in the Hornell area after being hospitalized.

An undisclosed number of residents in Elderwood at Hornell tested positive for COVID-19, though it is unknown if the fourth fatality is connected to Elderwood.

Hornell Mayor John Buckley tells 18 News that the first two deaths reported on Monday were residents of Hornell Gardens and that two nursing homes were affected the most.

18 News has reached out to Hornell Gardens, but they declined to speak on the issue.

“We are extremely saddened over the death of another Steuben County resident,” said Public Health
Director, Darlene Smith. “The actions the community takes now to slow the spread of COVID-19 will
show in the total number of cases and deaths we see. Help us limit the devastation by staying home
and staying safe.”


HORNELL, N.Y. (WEMT) – Two residents of a nursing home in the Hornell area have died from COVID-19, according to the Steuben County Public Health Department.

One individual was a 78 year old female who died at the nursing home, and the other was a 90 year old male who died while hospitalized.

Three Steuben County residents have now died from COVID-19. An obituary published in the Elmira Star-Gazette identified 89-year-old Barbara Perry as the first known COVID-19 fatality in the Twin Tiers.

“The news of two additional deaths of Steuben County residents is devastating,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “The severity of this disease is without question.  We’re hopeful the public will take this into consideration with their actions over the next several weeks.”    

As of 12 p.m. on April 6, 73 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, a majority in the Hornell area. Thirteen patients in Steuben County have recovered from the virus.

The county urges all residents should continue to stay home and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill. 

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