State Attorney General Letitia James issued a damning report on nursing home fatalities, finding that the Cuomo administration had undercounted deaths from COVID-19 while facilities failed to follow infection control policies.
James’ office claims the number of dead may have been undercounted by the state Department of Health by at least 50% while the AG plans an additional investigation into 20 nursing homes whose conduct has been called into question both prior to and during the pandemic.
“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,” James said. “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, and I will continue to work hard to safeguard this basic right during this precarious time.”