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Cuomo defends New York's nursing home death statistics

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to an Associated Press report that his state’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a major undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home’s property.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 9:11 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 9:37 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to an Associated Press report that his state’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a major undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home’s property.

Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, only New York explicitly says that it counts just residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there. 

Cuomo says if New York were to count a death as a nursing home death and a hospital death, that could lead to a “double count.”

Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-49, and other state leaders are pushing for an independent investigation of nursing home deaths from the pandemic.

“Some issues transcend partisan politics. The families of the thousands of New Yorkers who lost their lives from COVID-19 while in state-regulated nursing homes deserve a measure of closure and we need to help prepare for a second wave of the virus or a future pandemic," said Tedisco. "After several legislative hearings, it’s clear we need an independent, unbiased and bi-partisan investigation with subpoena power to help us get answers to find out how many people really died from the virus, why did it get so bad in our nursing homes and what steps need to be taken in order to prevent this from happening again."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1255971

Reported Deaths: 41173
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Queens1569407852
Kings1538388057
Suffolk1272872589
Nassau1138122551
Bronx1051755272
Westchester844201797
New York753193439
Erie517181371
Richmond447371380
Monroe44007760
Rockland31668806
Orange28574642
Onondaga27492528
Oneida16660342
Dutchess16541311
Albany16168255
Niagara11933241
Broome10981255
Saratoga914080
Schenectady8587124
Ulster7642191
Rensselaer6772104
Putnam644774
Chemung5567108
Chautauqua554156
Oswego487265
Ontario469482
Steuben4560131
Cayuga437269
Sullivan379849
Genesee365198
Wayne364651
Herkimer356156
St. Lawrence354759
Cattaraugus337361
Jefferson314522
Madison310876
Livingston267740
Tompkins264123
Cortland262854
Columbia243269
Allegany234775
Montgomery219774
Tioga219154
Wyoming213542
Clinton212918
Fulton207052
Warren204538
Greene202557
Orleans190868
Chenango175040
Otsego164623
Washington147324
Lewis145924
Seneca121846
Franklin11299
Delaware100020
Essex97218
Schoharie8895
Yates81316
Schuyler71410
Hamilton1461
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