Report: Coronavirus deaths in NY nursing homes may be higher than reported

Updated: July 02, 2020 05:50 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 03:25 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — The number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes may be much higher than reported according to watchdog group The Empire Center.

As of June 30, The state has reported 6,300 coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes.


The group claims an analysis of state data shows that the death toll could actually be as much as 10,000.

The state government has acknowledged it is only reporting deaths of residents who die at a nursing home, not hospitals.

"It looks like 40% of the nursing home patients who died are dying in hospitals,” Bill Hammond of The Empire Center said. “If you extrapolate from that the actual count of nursing home deaths would get that much bigger. My ballpark would be in the neighborhood of 10,000." 

The New York State Department of Health has yet to release any information on nursing home patients who have died in hospitals.

As of Thursday afternoon, there’s no word on if or when that data will be released.

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