UPDATE (5:37 p.m.): A third Elderwood resident has died at the hospital from COVID-19, according to a company spokesperson.


UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Elderwood has amended their statement to say that two residents have died at their Hornell facility and that four have died at their Waverly facility.

Elderwood currently has 15 cases of COVID-19 among their 94 residents, and has seen one recovery.

The facility does not plan to relocate any residents, a move made by Hornell Gardens.

There are no plans to relocate residents as we have taken effective measures to mitigate the spread of the virus as noted by the Steuben County Department of Public Health. Our focus remains on the health and wellbeing of all residents in our senior care community.

Elderwood at Hornell

“Fortunately, it appears that Elderwood at Hornell’s efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 have been productive as evidenced by the vast number of negative results received there in comparison to the handful of positives,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We are grateful for the partnership with Elderwood to complete testing and identify the current positives to further contain the spread of COVID-19.”

“Our focus has been, and will continue to be, on the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff,” said Sabrina Neal, Administrator for Elderwood at Hornell. “The community relies on us to care for some of the most frail and vulnerable among us, and we believe the measures we have taken against the virus thus far have helped to significantly reduce the impact in our facility. We are grateful for the support of our Steuben County Public Health officials as we continue to guard against the spread of the virus.”


HORNELL, N.Y. (WETM) – Two residents in Elderwood at Hornell have died from COVID-19, a company spokesperson tells 18 News.

A statement previously released by Elderwood has been retracted by the company due to a factual error.

Obituaries posted in the Hornell Evening Tribune over the weekend identified the two victims with information matching the Steuben County Public Health Department’s releases.

Jean M. Colby Canfield Phillis, 82, of Hornell, formerly of Erie, Pa., passed away at Elderwood at Hornell on Monday morning (April 13, 2020).

Hornell Evening Tribune

Donald E. Becker, 88 years of age, passed away Friday morning (April 17, 2020) at Elderwood at Hornell where he had been residing for the past several years.

Hornell Evening Tribune

As of 10 a.m. on April 21, 18 people have died in the Hornell region and at least 14 of them resided in nursing homes. At least nine residents of Hornell Gardens have died from COVID-19, prompting the company to relocate healthy patients to a facility in Waterloo.

Twenty-seven people have died in Steuben County as of 10 a.m. on April 21 with 196 cases and 96 recoveries.