New York Attorney General Letitia James released a 76 page report stating New York state undercounted coronavirus-related deaths among nursing home patients by as much as 50 percent.
The attorney general’s investigation included a survey of 62 state nursing homes, 10 percent of total facilities in the state, regarding onsite and in-hospital deaths from COVID-19. The survey found consistent discrepancies between deaths reported to investigators and the official tally from the state health department.
“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
“While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves and to spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents. Nursing home residents and workers deserve to live and work in safe environments,” she said.
In addition to the undercounting of deaths, the months-long investigation found the nursing homes’ lack of compliance with infection control protocols put residents at increased risk of harm, and facilities with less staffing had higher COVID-19 fatality rates.
Why do Democrats think they can do whatever they want and crucify Republicans who do the same? Cuomo flat out misrepresented, Newsome won’t even release the data to Californians.