Fewer residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities appear to have died due to COVID-19 complications in Chautauqua County when compared to other counties in the state.
According to data compiled by the state Health Department and updated daily, there have been six confirmed coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes in the county — five at Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk and one at Absolut Care of Westfield. One death also was reported at The Magnolia, an adult care facility and formerly known as the Frewsburg Rest Home.
In early November, the county Health Department confirmed a resident of Tanglewood Manor — considered an assisted living facility and located in West Ellicott — died due to complications of the virus.
Only four counties in New York state have reported fewer deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities: Cattaraugus County (three total); Clinton County (three); Franklin County (three); Lewis County (one); Otsego County (one); and Schuyler County (four). Chautauqua’s total population, 126,900, is much higher than those other counties, with Clinton at 80,485 as the next closest.
Meanwhile, Erie County has reported 573 confirmed deaths at nursing homes, nine presumed deaths at those locations, and four confirmed deaths at adult care facilities. That’s the third highest of any county in the state, only trailing the more populated Suffolk County with 886 total confirmed and presumed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities and Kings County with 866 total deaths.
The data collected by the state Health Department is provided by each facility.
However, unlike most states with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not […]