Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY nursing home deaths

Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY nursing home deaths
Nursing Homes and COVID-19 (Source: MGN Online)

NEW YORK (AP) - The Justice Department is vastly expanding an inquiry that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents.

The demand for data from hundreds of private facilities ratchets up pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo after months of criticism that the state’s official tally of 6,722 dead at long-term care facilities is probably undercounted by thousands.

That’s because New York, unlike nearly every other state, counts only residents who died on a nursing home’s property and not those who died after being taken to a hospital.

A Cuomo spokesman called the request days before the election a politically motivated “sham.”

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