Readers Write: Troubling report on nursing home deaths calls for probe

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Readers Write: Troubling report on nursing home deaths calls for probe

Letitia James, the New York attorney general, through her office reported nursing homes may have undercounted the number of deaths by as much as 50 percent.

As reported by the attorney general’s office that as of Nov. 16, 2020 there were 6,645 nursing home death and this does not include deaths during the spikes of deaths in December and January.

The report mentions Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s guidance requiring patients who tested positive for COVID-19 to be admitted to nursing homes may have increased the risk of harm in some facilities.

And in addition in the early start of the virus, there was an insufficient amount of PPE for nursing staff.

As a senior citizen myself of 71 years old I find this report most troubling.

Furthermore, I feel an investigation is needed to address the incompetence and gross negligence in nursing home policies. I wonder how Governor Cuomo feels about this report or even feels responsible for these deaths?

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Bellerose

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