Possible undercount in NY nursing home deaths

Possible undercount in NY nursing home deaths
Nursing Homes and COVID-19 (Source: MGN Online)

NEW YORK (AP) - 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 died in hospitals.

That statistic could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600.

But the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far refused to divulge the figure, leading to speculation New York is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing better than other states.

The governor often points to numbers that show New York’s nursing home deaths per capita are lower than most other states.

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