New York’s Real Covid Death Toll in Nursing Homes Cloaked in Secrecy

From the Associated Press:

“New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.

That statistic that could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600. But so far the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing a better than other states and to make a tragic situation less dire.”

New York was the early epicenter of the US Covid-19 outbreak, and until recently had both the highest death totals and deaths per capita in the nation. An early executive order by Governor Cuomo required nursing homes and other residential facilities to readmit people who showed Covid symptoms, and in some cases even those with positive tests, as a way to ease strains on the larger hospital system.

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