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Family believes employee gave grandma virus

Hide caption Florence ‘Gram’ Green, 93, died at Hornell Gardens three days after testing positive for the coronavirus. (Photo: Provided) Coronavirus’ greatest toll in many upstate NY counties is inside nursing homes

HORNELL — New York’s coronavirus nursing home death toll is staggering, and in some upstate counties, more than three quarters of virus-related deaths can be linked to elder-care facilities.

Steuben County health officials confirmed Tuesday 31 of the 41 coronavirus deaths in the county are connected to three nursing homes: Hornell Gardens, Elderwood at Hornell and the IRA Davenport SNF.

Twenty-one Hornell-area nursing home residents have died.

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Ten Bath-area nursing home residents have died.

Florence Green, a Hornell Gardens resident for 11 years, tested positive for the virus on April 8, according to her granddaughter, Tarah Green. Three days later, Florence died.

Tarah said she strongly believes her grandmother contracted the virus through an employee at Hornell Gardens.“I felt the miscommunication, the grossly large number of COVID-19 cases in that one building and the lack of communication from staff,” Tarah said.Florence’s COVID-19 test was administered April 7, and Tarah said her parents would be called with the results, but they never received a call. When Tarah’s aunt called to speak with Florence the next day, an employee told her Florence had tested positive. Her parents did not receive a call from the home; instead, Tarah’s father called the facility himself to check in.The day before Florence died, Tarah was told she could visit Florence at her own risk, but she opted for a video chat instead. “Gram knew who I was, she addressed me by name and told me that she loved me.”But […]

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