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1,700 More Nursing Home Residents Died of COVID In New York Than the State Disclosed

May 11, 2020

NEW YORK- The writes that New York failed to disclose the deaths of 1,700 COVID-19 patients that were residents of nursing homes in the state. The findings are adding to scrutiny over how the state is handling the virus, which has spread rapidly among some of its most vulnerable citizens.*

New York recently mandated that nursing homes take in patients who have tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus. The move may have contributed to outbreaks at such facilities, which in turn likely caused numerous deaths. 

In New York, New Jersey, and California, officials are requiring that nursing homes take in coronavirus in order to free up beds at the overburdened hospitals. These states are some of the hardest hit by the virus, and the move was meant to help the hospitals handle a high number of patients. However, in the nursing home industry, the mandate has been criticized for potentially putting nursing home residents in danger. 

Nationally, about twenty percent of people killed by COVID-19 were patients in nursing homes or similar long-term care facilities. The numbers are even higher in some locations, such as New York, where a report stated that 58 percent of victims were in these facilities. 

While nursing homes are taking steps to keep the virus out, the requirement forces these facilities to take in patients who could then spread the disease among the population.

Since March 1, New York has lost 4,813 nursing home residents to the coronavirus, indicating the number of victims is about 1,700 more than previous estimates. Even these numbers may be lower than the actual death toll. Many patients were transferred from these facilities to hospitals where they ultimately died. 

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