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Is NY’s nursing home COVID death toll much higher?

A new report is suggesting that the nursing home deaths due to COVID in New York, may be much higher than the state’s official tally. New York has reported 33,000 Covid deaths and registered only 6,600 as being from nursing homes.

The Daily Wire reports:

A new report alleges that the true extent of the number of deaths that New York’s nursing homes suffered under the leadership of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo may be far higher than what has been reported due to the way that the statistics are gathered and counted.

“New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount,” the Associated Press reported. “Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.”

As an example, the state registered one New York nursing home as having only four COVID deaths. In fact 21 people from the home died from the virus, but because these people died in a hospital, they were not reported as a nursing home death.

READ: New Report Suggests NY’s Nursing Home Deaths Far Higher Than Reported, Comes After Cuomo Declined To Support Investigation

Though the elderly are clearly the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to take in patients with COVID. READ: More than 6,300 COVID-19 patients were sent into New York nursing homes, state report reveals

Cuomo did this even though there were emergency field hospitals, including the US Navy’s 1,000 bed hospital ship, that sat largely unused. READ: Most field hospitals in $660 million project treated ZERO coronavirus patients

Of course, New York was among the three states that accounted for nearly half of America’s Covid deaths: READ: 3 states account for 42% of COVID-19 deaths

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