Lawmakers look to designate old Newfane hospital as COVID-19 treatment site

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Posted at 4:59 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 17:11:13-04

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Members of the Niagara County Legislature are making a move to try and protect the most vulnerable among us.

The community of Newfane has the second most positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County. According to legislators, the majority of those cases are tied to the Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Center. "The facility is a 160-plus bed nursing home that has experienced an unprecedented number of deaths and infections over the last few weeks attributed to COVID-19," as stated in a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.

The Niagara County legislature is now asking the governor to consider, "utilizing the former, yet now closed Newfane Intercommunity Hospital as a site specifically for COVID-19 seniors/nursing home patients."

This comes as some lawmakers are calling for an independent investigationinto nursing home deaths statewide.