Families devastated as 98 die in coronavirus outbreak at New York nursing home – The Sun
One devastated relative says her family were not even informed of the outbreak at the Isabella Geriatric Center.
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So many people died following the "horrifying" outbreak officials had to rent a refrigerated truck to store bodies in.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the outbreak: "It is absolutely horrifying. It's inestimable loss, and it's just impossible to imagine so many people lost in one place."
Xiomara Garcia-King, who lost her father, Toribio Antonio Garcia says her dad had been sent to the 705-bed Manhattan home to recuperate from a tracheotomy.
The 62-year-old, who is described as being an "avid runner," was sent away from hospital amid fears he would catch the virus.
But just a week into his stay at the Isabella Center he was dead.
Daughter of Adrienne Blackett, 68 – who also passed away at the centre – Melody Jenkins says her mother wasn't tested for coronavirus.
She claims staff told her Ms Blackett would make it, despite Ms Jenkins recalling her mother "sounded horrible" and could "barely talk without gasping for air".
However, the 68-year-old passed away from the virus after showing symptoms.
Her daughter said: "It's crazy how fast [her death] took place".
In a statement, the center said it didn't have access to coronavirus testing in order to "quickly diagnose" residents and staff.
However, a spokesperson said access to testing is now available and insisted they have reported accurate data to the Department of Health since the beginning of the pandemic.
It comes after New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat wrote a damning letter accusing nursing homes of not accurately reporting Covid-19 deaths of residents in their care.
Initially, state officials recorded only 13 deaths at the center – but have since admitted up to 46 residents who tested positive for the virus had died, and an additional 52 people who were exhibiting symptoms.
Not all residents died at the home, but it's thought the majority contracted it while in residence.
It's reported 239 New York nursing homes have experienced outbreaks of the virus, with some 3,065 deaths according to figures compiled up to Thursday.
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