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State officials: Three Newark Manor Nursing Home residents have died from COVID-19

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Newark Manor Nursing Home has instituted precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three residents of Newark Manor Nursing Home have died from complications of the coronavirus, according to state officials.

The deaths were disclosed publicly on Friday, but it’s unclear when they occurred. Citing privacy concerns, state officials did not release any other details about the deaths.

The state only names nursing homes where more than one person has died from the coronavirus. As of Friday, that list included 21 nursing homes statewide, plus six undisclosed facilities where only one death has occurred.

Newark Manor is the second Newark-area nursing home to be added to the list. Little Sisters of the Poor on Salem Church Road saw 11 deaths in late March and early April, but its outbreak appears to have been brought under control.

Statewide, Delaware has seen 542 COVID-19 cases and 186 deaths involving nursing home patients, representing 7 percent of the state’s cases and 65 percent of the deaths.

Like all nursing homes in Delaware, Newark Manor implemented strict guidelines back in March, when the state’s coronavirus outbreak began.

“We are screening our residents daily for all symptoms and our staff, at the beginning of each shift, with both a question of symptoms as well as temperature taking,” Newark Manor administrator David Boyer explained in a March interview. “We’ve also increased our emphasis on infection control for wiping down commonly used surfaces.”

Newark Manor brought in a pair of iPads that residents can use to FaceTime with family members while they are restricted from visiting in person.

“In lieu of residents not being able to have their family members visit them, it is our activity staff who is able to allow them their emotional support needs,” Boyer said. “Even though they don’t provide resident care, we consider their emotional needs to be very important as well. If their family members aren’t able to visit, these staff members, to a lot of them, are their families.”

The facility also implemented changes to limit residents from congregating in groups.

Located on West Main Street since the 1960s, Newark Manor has 67 beds.

Last year, the facility reached a $381,000 settlement with the state over allegations that it provided “substandard and worthless care” to its residents, including failing to provide adequate staffing, failing to meet the required daily care hours per resident, failing to supply prescribed medication to some residents, not maintaining hygiene standards, creating incorrect care plans for residents and failing to ensure the facility was free of accident hazards.

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