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."