Advocates: NY must protect people in group homes amid COVID

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:17 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Leaders of group homes say New York failed to provide desperately needed protective gear, testing, and help with staffing at homes serving New Yorkers with developmental and intellectual disabilities at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers faced calls Thursday to boost pay for group home workers, require routine COVID-19 testing, and ensure people with disabilities are a priority in response plans ahead of the next pandemic.

At least 577 people have died due to confirmed COVID-19 infection at group residences. That tally doesn’t include the number of residents who died at hospitals, or presumed COVID-19 deaths.

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