The Cuomo administration began tracing the deaths of residents of old nursing homes outside the COVID-19-related facility as early as last April – yet they have also withheld data from a state report from the Department of Health came out almost three months later, according to a document obtained by The Post.
The DOH state note sent to administrators of nursing homes and adult care facilities ordered them to report daily the number of residents who died of COVID-19, including “if death occurred in” their “structure or environment of the hospital”.
A copy of the directive obtained by The Post is dated April 18, 2020 – about eleven weeks before a report from the health department that excluded the number of residents in nursing homes who died of coronavirus out of the world. I know structures.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides have pushed DOH to omit the deaths of resident nurses out of ease.
The final report, consequently, included only deaths in the establishments, painting an incomplete picture of the effect of the pandemic on the most vulnerable population of the state.
Only after the Journal’s report did Cuomo’s team admit to having processed the data in the public report.
“Data outside the facility was omitted after DOH could not confirm that it had been properly verified,” Beth Garvey, special adviser to Cuomo, had said in a statement.
At the end of January, the state finally published an account of the number of deaths of nursing home residents in nursing homes and hospitals.
But, the revised figures came after months of furious lawmakers and journalists, a lawsuit from the Empire Center and a convicted state attorney general.
A Cuomo spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.