Report: New York Admits Undercounting Nursing Home Deaths After 'Quietly Changing Reporting Rules'

Chris Menahan
May. 15, 2020

New York officials moved to quietly change reporting rules to undercount nursing home deaths after Governor Andrew Cuomo's disastrous decision ordering them to take in coronavirus patients came to light, according to a new report.

From The Daily Caller, "New York Admits Knowingly Undercounting Nursing Home Deaths After Quietly Changing Reporting Rules":
New York has omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in recent reports regarding residents of nursing home and adult care facilities, the New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

In early May, those reports quietly began omitting long-term care residents who died of coronavirus in hospitals. Even so, New York still leads the nation with 5,433 reported deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as of Wednesday.

The revelation comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces criticism for ordering nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to accept patients from hospitals who had tested positive for coronavirus. Cuomo rescinded the March 25 order, which experts say led to higher levels of death among nursing home residents, on May 11 to allow such facilities to wait until a coronavirus patient tests negative before readmitting them.

The NYSDOH confirmed to the DCNF that until around April 28, it was disclosing coronavirus deaths for all nursing home and adult care facility residents, regardless of whether the patient died at their long-term care facility or at a hospital.

But the department made a subtle change to its disclosures beginning around May 3, according to web archives. The NYSDOH told the DCNF its disclosure now only reports coronavirus deaths for long-term care patients that died while physically present at their facility.

New York's coronavirus tracker "currently does not include out of facility deaths," NYSDOH spokeswoman Jill Montag told the DCNF. "Deaths of nursing home and adult care facility residents that occurred at hospitals is accounted for in the overall fatality data on our COVID-19 tracker."

In other words, New York's nursing home and adult care facility coronavirus deaths tracker omits any individuals who contracted coronavirus while living at a long-term care facility but died in a hospital.
Democrat officials in multiple states similarly mandated nursing homes take in discharged coronavirus patients despite the massive risk and their decisions appear to have already killed thousands.

This was criminal negligence at the least or perhaps something much worse.

From The Daily Caller, "PA Health Secretary Moved Mother Out Of Personal Care Home After Ordering Nursing Homes To Accept COVID Patients":
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine's mother moved out of a personal care home with the health secretary's help, after Levine ordered all nursing homes and long-term facilities in the state to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals.

Levine admitted Tuesday to moving the 95-year-old Pennsylvania resident out of her personal care home, which is similar to an assisted living facility although technically distinct.

"My mother requested, and my sister and I as her children complied to move her to another location during the COVID-19 outbreak," Levine said. The health secretary's admission came after local station ABC27 found out about the move.

"My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions," said Levine, who in 2015 became the first transgender cabinet member in Pennsylvania’s state government.
The states where these orders were pushed through by Democratic governors just so happen to be the states with the worst death rates.

"On March 24th, Governor Cuomo said, 'My mother is not expendable, your mother is not expendable,' yet the very next day he signs an executive order mandating nursing homes where our most vulnerable mothers and fathers reside to accept COVID positive patients," NY State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis noted on Tucker Carlson's show last week.

This is inexcusable.

New York GOP house members on Friday called for a federal investigation:

Any government official who ordered nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients needs to be criminally charged.

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