N.Y. Attorney General: State’s nursing home COVID-19 deaths undercounted by up to 50%

N.Y. Attorney General: State’s nursing home COVID-19 deaths undercounted by up to 50%
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[Ed. – Seems to have been, in effect, the proverbial two sets of books.  There was no secret about both sets being in existence, but the discrepancies are only now being reported.]

New York state’s health department may have undercounted the COVID-19 death toll among state nursing home residents by as much as 50%, according to a report released by the state attorney general’s office on Thursday.

The report, issued while the state prosecutor’s office continues to investigate nursing homes’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, indicated that some facilities underreported deaths to the state health department. …

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The large discrepancies in nursing home fatality data became apparent when the prosecutor’s office investigated a sampling of 62 nursing homes and found more fatalities than had been reported to the Department of Health, according to the report.

In one case, the report said, “a facility reported five confirmed and six presumed COVID-19 deaths at the facility as of Aug. 3 to [Department of Health]. However, the facility reported to OAG a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths at the facility and 13 hospital deaths – a discrepancy of 29 deaths.”

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