“Now more than ever I want to see the part where reporters get to ask [Governor Cuomo]
New York has omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in recent reports regarding residents of nursing home and adult care facilities, the New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
In early May, those reports quietly began omitting long-term care residents who died of coronavirus in hospitals. Even so, New York still leads the nation with 5,433 reported deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as of Wednesday.
The revelation comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces criticism for ordering nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to accept patients from hospitals who had tested positive for coronavirus. Cuomo rescinded the March 25 order, which experts say led to higher levels of death among nursing home residents, on May 11 to allow such facilities to wait until a coronavirus patient tests negative before readmitting them.
I have heard from people who work in nursing homes in NYC who are afraid to talk because they will lose their jobs or be sued for speaking out. Their stories are horrific about how our seniors were handled and treated especially during this pandemic.— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 18, 2020