Albany County announces 24 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes previously went unreported

Jill Konopka
Updated: May 30, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 04:21 PM

More coronavirus-related deaths were uncovered in Albany County, that had not been previously reported to the county.

Nearly 75 percent of all coronavirus-related deaths in Albany County are linked to nursing homes, according to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.


"I have to report another 24 people passed away and how do you say 24 people passed away and we didn't know about it? I know it's a question you all have out there," said McCoy. "My condolences and prayers go out to these families."

McCoy said Saturday that information recently received indicated a higher number of coronavirus linked deaths, with 15 linked to Teresian House, five connected to St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and four linked to Grand Rehab and Nursing in Guilderland. 

"So it brings our total up from 87 to 111, so the 24 deaths at three private nursing homes between late April and May 25," said McCoy. "I had Dr. Whalen reach out to the state and every nursing home."

McCoy also acknowledged they're still working to figure out whether these 24 deaths were at the nursing homes or a hospital, and may have already been counted.

"They reported it to the New York State Department of Health and not to us," said McCoy. "The nursing homes are supposed to be reaching out to us too. and again this is different for a lot of them, so it's something new they haven't dealt with and like I said from the beginning when I was reporting what was going on in our nursing homes, and decided before if it's under six deaths they didn't have to report it. If they died in a hospital, they didn't have to report it. I chose to be out there and take ownership from day one, it is important these people are families."

A Teresian House spokesman told NewsChannel 13 they will comply with any directive from the county and they will continue to be forthcoming with any information related to the virus and recoveries at Terisian House.

Gary Holmes, from NYS DOH, gave NewsChannel 13 a statement:

"There is no communication breakdown here. The state goes through painstaking processes to validate data which is constantly evolving, given the full landscape of 613 nursing homes and 544 adult care facilities in NYS.  We will continue that effort while we continue to to greatly support these efforts."

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