Updated: August 20, 2020 04:56 AM
Created: August 20, 2020 04:49 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle now want an investigation into why at least 6,400 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 in nursing homes.
On Wednesday, there was a call for an independent, bipartisan investigation.
On Monday, state senate and assembly GOP leaders held a virtual round table saying last week's formal hearing with State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker did not answer many of their questions.
Most people believe the number of deaths is far greater than what's been reported. The Department of Health only counted those who died in the nursing home, not those who died from the virus in a hospital.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending the state's policies, saying if New York were to count a death as a nursing home death and a hospital death, that could lead to a "double count."
Lawmakers say families deserve answers and the state needs accurate data so we can prepare for a second wave.
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