State attorney general: NY undercounted nursing home COVID deaths, eldercare sites failed to follow safety protocols
New York State Attorney General Letitia James at a news conference in Manhattan on March 28, 2019. - Byron Smith/New York Daily News/TNS

ALBANY, N.Y. — A report released Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James accuses the Cuomo administration of undercounting COVID nursing home deaths by as much as 50%. James’ office conducted a months-long investigation into the state’s handling of elder care facilities during the pandemic and how nursing homes failed to protect vulnerable seniors from the deadly virus. “As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” James said in a statement. “Whil...