Queens nursing home where 29 died of coronavirus sparks ire, gets death threat

At least 29 people have died of the coronavirus in a single nursing home in Queens —  prompting a death threat from a man “upset” by the staggering tally.

The person called the Sapphire Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Flushing at 11 p.m. Thursday and told the receptionist that he was “upset with the way the patients are being treated there,” according to WPIX.

He then threatened to “shoot the place up and kill everybody” before hanging up, the news outlet reported, citing police.

The threat came about 12 hours after local Assemblyman Ron Kim posted a video on Twitter demanding answers about the deaths at the nursing home.

“One of my constituents’ daughter has reached out to me as she’s been stuck in the nursing home without any ability to communicate … she still can’t get in and find out what’s going on with her mother,” Kim said.

“After we discovered that there are possibly 30 to 60 people who might have passed away from the coronavirus at this nursing home, we still don’t have any answers from the state or from the nursing director,” he added.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the administrator of the 227-bed facility told the assemblyman that 29 people had died — but he said he heard from workers there that the numbers are higher.

“Everyone is trying to tell me that a lot more people died than the 29 they are citing,” Kim told The Times.

Two Sapphire staffers told the newspaper that the actual death toll was as high as 60 residents.


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