At this point, New York state counts more than 15,000 COVID-19 victims from nursing homes, compared with the 8,500 acknowledged in just weeks ago, according to The Associated Press.
This isn’t because there’s been a massive spike in deaths in care homes, though. It’s because Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was finally forced to admit what anyone who bothered to look has known all along: The state had been dramatically undercounting deaths in the facilities by not counting those who died in hospitals, unlike how any other state with early outbreaks cataloged COVID deaths.
Furthermore, the new numbers — released after New York Attorney General Letitia James’ report in January said deaths in nursing homes had been undercounted by more than 50 percent — indicated that 9,000 recovering COVID patients were returned to care facilities under the state’s directive to free up hospital beds under Cuomo’s order.
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