BREAKING: NY AG says state undercounted nursing home COVID deaths by as much as 50%

New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said the state Department of Health underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

Per Fox News “the report holds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s feet to the fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the early months, after he directed nursing homes in the Empire State to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. The decision created an onslaught of COVID-19 cases that infected thousands of elderly patients and resulted in hundreds of deaths among the state’s most vulnerable population.”

James said in a statement “as the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate.”

“While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves and to spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents,” she added.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been the target of extensive criticism over state nursing home deaths even before this revelation.