New York state reports more than 1,700 previously undisclosed COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes

Posted at 9:56 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 10:44:11-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is now reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as the state faces scrutiny over how it’s protected vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

At least 4,813 residents with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 have died at 351 of New York’s 613 nursing homes since March 1. That's according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s new list released late Monday that includes the reported number of both confirmed and presumed deaths as of Sunday evening.

Nursing home residents have made up roughly one-fourth to one-fifth of the state’s official tally of fatalities.