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Assemblyman Hawley calls for investigation into Villages of Orleans over COVID-19 deaths

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Updated: May 01, 2020 11:12 PM
Created: May 01, 2020 06:01 PM

ALBION, N.Y. (WHEC) — A local lawmaker is calling on the New York State Commissioner of Health to investigate an Orleans County adult care facility.

When News10NBC reported on the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday night, there were 11 deaths from COVID-19 in Orleans County, and all originated from that facility.

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As of Friday, the county has seen 13 deaths, and the health department confirms all 13 of those deaths still originate from the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, NY-139) sent the following letter to the New York State Commissioner of Health:

"Dear Commissioner Zucker:

I am writing, with deep concern, relative to the numerous reports of illness and deaths due to COVID-19 at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion, New York.

I am asking for an immediate and full-scale investigation of The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.  There have 49 positive cases of COVID-19 at the facility with 13 residents passing. 

I have written to you in the past regarding concerns with nursing homes in this district, specifically The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab Center, Albion, Orleans County.  We must ensure that residents and staff of these homes receive the care, respect and comfort they deserve.  We must do all we can to protect the most vulnerable in our community at this time.

Your attention to this urgent matter is greatly needed and appreciated on behalf of the residents; we look forward to your response. 

Sincerely,                                                   

STEVE HAWLEY
Member of Assembly
139th A.D."

News10NBC reached out to the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center for a comment but has not heard back.


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