NY'S NURSING HOMES STILL ACUTELY VULNERABLE TO COVID STUDY REVEALS---New York’s coronavirus-ravaged nursing homes are still “acutely vulnerable” to the deadly illness — more than nine months into the pandemic, according to a report on Thursday. Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, nursing home residents accounted for a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths statewide, despite making up less than half of 1 percent of the population, the Empire Center for Public Policy found.
While the state’s rate of coronavirus fatalities — both in and out of nursing homes — remains lower than in April and May, Hammond said the troubling trend needs to be addressed. “It is a huge percentage in the deaths especially upstate in nursing homes and we were aware they were taking a lot of special care and protections.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been facing criticism for months that policy directives issued by his Health Department in the early days of the pandemic fueled outbreaks in hard-hit nursing homes. A later-rescinded March 25 directive required nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals, a controversial policy that the governor claimed followed federal guidance.
The Cuomo administration has publicly reported roughly 6,500 deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities across the state since March — but have refused to say how many died after they were taken to hospitals for emergency care. READ MORE AT https://nypost.com/2020/12/17/nys-nursing-homes-still-acutely-vulnerable-to-covid-19-report/
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