NY Attorney General Says State Undercounted Nursing Home COVID Deaths By 50%
Letitia James, New York Attorney General, recently came out and stated that the Department of Health in the state undercounted the number of nursing home deaths from the coronavirus by as much as 50 percent, according to a new report.
The report went on to hold Gov. Andrew Cuomo accountable for his poor handling of the pandemic in New York during the time period that it first started. Criticism of Cuomo comes as the result of his decision to direct nursing homes to accept patients either had or were suspected of having COVID-19.
This incredibly poor decision led to tons and tons of coronavirus cases among the elderly, the most vulnerable population to complications of the illness, which in turn led to thousands upon thousands of deaths.
The state Department of Health reported that as of Jan. 27, 2021 there were 5,957 confirmed deaths due to the coronavirus in nursing homes and an additional 2,783 presumed deaths. In assisted care facilities, there were 160 deaths and 52 presumed deaths.
James’ report said that government guidance requiring the admission of COVID-19 patients into nursing homes may have put residents at increased risk of harm in some facilities and may have obscured the data available to assess that risk.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked 62 nursing homes to provide data about deaths in their facilities.
In one example, a facility reported five confirmed and six presumed COVID-19 deaths at the facility as of Aug. 3 to the Department of Health, yet reported to the OAG a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths at the facility and 13 hospital deaths — a discrepancy of 29 deaths.
And yet, for whatever reason, Cuomo thinks he deserves to be hailed as some sort of hero for the way he handled the coronavirus pandemic. He’s failed to acknowledge the damage done due to his poor decision making.
Folks, this is the kind of incompetence that comes from leftist leadership. Is this the kind of leadership we’ve legitimately chosen for this country in the highest office of the land?
If so, we’re doomed.