State Opens Probe into Bronx Nursing Home Amid Wave of COVID Deaths

By Kevin Deutsch and Sasha Gonzales
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com , sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

With thousands of coronavirus deaths already recorded in New York’s senior and adult care homes, state investigators on Friday opened a probe into whether a Bronx facility is underreporting it’s COVID-19 death toll—a tally staffers claim is more than a dozen.

A state official told Bronx Justice News multiple employees at Bronxwood Assisted Living in Williamsbridge have reported a lack of personal protection equipment and supplies, no face coverings for residents, and mismanagement by administrators, leading to the deaths of 12 or more residents at the home.

This, despite the fact the adult care facility has reported fewer than five coronavirus deaths to the state, the official said.

Bronxwood administrators have denied any wrongdoing.

“Bronxwood has complied with all NYSDOH protocols, including the specific protocols relating to PPE, quarantining, and daily reporting to the NYSDOH,” the facility told NY1 in a statement.

More than 3,500 New Yorkers have already died from coronavirus in state nursing homes and adult care centers, leading Gov. Andrew Cuomo to announce increased state oversight of those facilities amid the pandemic

“If they cannot care for the person in the facility, then they have to transfer the person to another facility,” Cuomo said.

Facilities that knowingly misreport data, or otherwise violate state laws and policies, can be fined or shut down.

Bronx residents make up a disproportionate number of New Yorkers killed by the coronavirus, with more than 31,900 confirmed infections and at least 2,937 suspected COVID-19 deaths recorded in the borough as of Wednesday night, according to city data.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.