- The New York State Department of Health admitted that the state knowingly omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths from its tallies of nursing home fatalities.
- The state began undercounting the deaths after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced scrutiny for ordering nursing homes to accept positive coronavirus patients.
- Under the new rules, New York’s disclosure of nursing home deaths doesn’t count patients who died at a location outside the physical facility, such as a hospital.
The New York State Department of Health’s quiet switch to a reporting method that undercounts deaths of nursing home and other long-term care facility residents followed the administration facing criticism over skyrocketing deaths in such facilities.
New York knowingly omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in recent reports regarding residents of nursing home and adult care facilities as a result of a quiet rule change, the agency acknowledged to the Daily Caller News Foundation.