Orchard nursing home will have memorial service Tuesday for 30 residents who died from Covid during pandemic

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2021 at 4:22 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: The flag was lowered in May 2020 at the former Orchard Manor (now known as Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center). The flags were lowered statewide out of respect for people who died from Covid-19.

MEDINA – The Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Bates Road in Medina will be holding a memorial service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in honor of the 30 residents who died due to Covid-19.

The service will be outdoors at the front entrance. The service also will acknowledge the sacrifices and strength shown by many in enduring the pandemic.

Orleans County has had 83 confirmed deaths from Covid during the 18 months of the pandemic.

Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center will be honoring each of the 30 residents who passed away from Covid.

Martin MacKenzie, Orchard’s administrator, will speak during the service. There will also be a bird release, a prayer and moment of silence, Taps and a gun salute. Punch and cookies will be available following the ceremony.