Advisers of New York’s Cuomo altered report on nursing home deaths

The Health Department’s data put the death toll about 50% higher than the figure then being cited publicly by the Cuomo administration.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top advisers had successfully pushed the state’s health officials to strip a public report of data that showed more nursing-home residents had died of COVID-19 than acknowledged by the administration, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported on Thursday.
The report in July had examined factors leading to the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes and focused only on residents who died inside long-term care facilities, leaving out those who died in hospitals after becoming sick in nursing homes, the Journal said.
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