According to an analysis released on Friday, New York overtook California with the highest population of nursing home residents killed by New York coronaviruses.
Deaths in New York’s 12,743 nursing homes have now risen to 2,600 from California fatal cases, a review by Bill Hammond of the Empire Center for Public Policy found.
California has a population of approximately 40 million residents or twice the state of New York.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released an investigative report last week that found that the Cuomo administration misled the public by reducing the number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19 by 50 percent. The state’s death counted only those nursing home residents who died in those facilities, but not those who fell ill and died in hospitals.
Hours later, state health commissioner Howard Zucker released a more accurate figure, which included nursing home residents who died in hospitals, which were nearly 4,000 more fatal.
Hammond’s study stated that the death of a high nursing home resident increased New York’s COVID-19 mortality in nursing homes from 35th to 13th in the US.
The figure compares the death of a resident of COVID-19 nursing home to the overall number of pre-epidemic residents of New York’s 611 nursing homes.
“The total volume of about 13,000 deaths is 14 percent of New York’s pre-epidemic nursing home population, which is 2 points higher than the national average,” Hammond said.
“The department’s unusual functioning, though not a mystery, has made it impossible to properly compare New York nursing homes to other states. Hammond said that with the new, more complete total, it is now clear that New York homes were hit the hardest.
Higher, more accurate figures also dropped New York’s rating for the benchmark cited by the governor – deaths in nursing homes as a percentage of all COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Nursing home’s percentage of all COVID-19 deaths in New York increased from 21 percent to 33 percent, and its ranking dropped from 48th to 33rd.
“New York remains below the national average of 36 percent — mainly because its overall mortality rate was unusually high,” Hammond said.
This week a state judge also ruled on Cuomo’s health department, breaking the law by refusing to provide the Empire Center Watchdog Group with the death of a total nursing home resident from COVID-19.
Gary Holmes, a spokesman for the Department of Health, responded, “As Dr. Zucker said in his statement last week, nationally, the Kaiser Family Foundation lists the deaths of more than 146,000 nursing homes, to date in the United States. Accounts for 35% of the total deaths recorded by the CDC.
“While every death from this terrible disease is tragic, New York State’s fatalities are far below the national average and are 49% of their total deaths behind other states, including Pennsylvania, with Florida accounting for 35% of their total deaths. Also, Massachusetts accounts for 56% of their total deaths and New Jersey with 36% of their total deaths. This is still an ongoing crisis and we deploy every possible resource to ensure the health and safety of our most vulnerable New Yorkers. Will continue to do. “