An outbreak at the nursing home in Hopewell leads to the deaths of five residents

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Five residents at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Hopewell have died from COVID-19. Three of the five who died from the illness are from Ontario County; two of them are from Monroe County.

An outbreak of COVID-19 at the nursing home in Hopewell was first reported in early April.

At that time, two residents, men aged 51 and 79, tested positive for COVID-19, according to the nursing home’s parent company, Centers Health Care. One resident was asymptomatic and the other was recovering. Both men were placed in isolation as soon as the results from the tests came back positive for COVID-19.

This past Saturday, Ontario County Public Health announced its first two deaths from the pandemic: two men over the age of 75, with underlying health conditions, who were being cared for at the Ontario Center. One of the men had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being monitored. He died suddenly at UR Medicine Thompson Health, health officials said. The other person was very ill and comfort care was being provided at the Ontario Center.

“News of Ontario County residents dying of COVID-19 is absolutely heartbreaking,” said Public Health Director Mary Beer in a statement Saturday. “We extend our deepest sympathy to their family, their loved ones and the staff at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.”

Beer said in an email Monday the Ontario Center “has been very cooperative” in working with Ontario County Public Health. Public Health is responsible for investigating COVID-19 cases in the county and tracing contacts the person had to help prevent spread of the disease.

Regarding measures at the nursing home, the “Ontario Center has been in proper PPE gear since early March as per the state guidelines and the CDC,” Jeffrey Jacomowitz, communications director for Centers Health Care, said in an email. “Ontario Center has been working together with the state in the local department of health throughout New York State with any updates in relation to this virus. Facility wide testing continuously is being done.”

As cases of COVID-19 rise in Ontario County, Beer said Public Health is in the process of developing a color-coded map that will be similar to the one used by Monroe County in updating its cases.

On Monday, Ontario County added two news cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 69. Ten people are hospitalized; 93 in quarantine; and 37 recovered. The number of deaths remained at 3.

In other counties around the region:

• Monroe County Monday announced 43 new confirmed cases, bringing its total to 834, with 56 deaths and 483 people who have recovered. as of Tuesday afternoon, 97 people in Monroe County were hospitalized and 35 of them are in ICU. There also were 506 people in mandatory quarantine and 193 in isolation.

• In Wayne County, 46 people have tested positive for COVID-19. They have tested 633 people with 587 negative results. Of those positive cases, 16 have resolved.

• In Yates County, nine people have tested positive for COVID-19, two of those people are hospitalized, 41 people are under quarantine or in isolation and two people have recovered.

• In Livingston County, three people have died from COVID-19-related causes, 37 people have tested positive for the virus and 22 people have recovered.

• In Seneca County, one person had died from COVID-19-related causes. There are 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, four people are hospitalized and five people have recovered. Fifty-one people are in quarantine and being monitored.

• In Steuben County, 16 people have died from COVID-19-related causes, and 160 people have tested positive for the virus.

Includes reporting from news partner, News 10NBC