Two UWS Nursing Homes See More Than 20 Coronavirus Deaths

UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN — The devastating toll of the coronavirus pandemic on New York’s nursing homes includes two facilities on the Upper West Side where more than 20 patients have died from the virus, according to a new report.

The New Jewish Home on West 106th Street and The Riverside rehab facility on Riverside Drive were among the 19 New York nursing homes that reported 20 or more deaths linked to the pandemic in a survey by the health department.

The New Jewish Home has seen 21 deaths and The Riverside has had 22, the report said.

Both nursing homes did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but both have been active online providing updates about how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic, including suspending all in-person visits.

“There’s no doubt that our older adult residents are at higher risk of getting infected and if they get infected they’re at much higher risk of having bad outcomes,” New Jewish Home CEO Dr. Jeffrey Farber said in a question-and-answer video in March. “It’s so important for us to work together collaboratively to ensure we minimize their exposure.”

Both The New Jewish Home’s Manhattan location and its Westchester location, where 14 residents have died, were on the list of New York nursing homes with more than five deaths due to the coronavirus.

The organization has been open online about the need for more protective equipment for its staff and the added heartbreak of being the only in-person comfort for sick or dying residents since families can no longer visit.

The New Jewish Home said Thursday that there have also been 65 people at their homes who have had the virus and recovered from it.

The nursing home with the highest death toll in New York was Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Health Center, where there have been 55 deaths. Four homes, in the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, were listed as having more than 40.

The state released the nursing home fatality list after reports of bodies stacked in nursing homes. It also may be incomplete — homes had until Thursday to respond to a state survey.

There are six Manhattan nursing homes on the list:

  • Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 9 deaths
  • Isabella Geriatric Center Inc, 13 deaths
  • Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, 18 deaths
  • The New Jewish Home, Manhattan, 21 deaths
  • The Riverside, 22 deaths
  • Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home Co Inc, 31 deaths

The spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes isn’t the first time the alarm has been sounded for the Upper West Side’s large population of older adults.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has also highlighted the neighborhood’s 16,695 seniors who live alone, the second highest population of seniors living alone of any area in New York City, as being particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.