Families Allege Nursing Homes Remained Silent as Coronavirus Raged

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NEW YORK, NY – An article published in The City yesterday evening details allegations that New York-area nursing homes have been silent about the deadly disease spreading through their facilities — a disease that is estimated to have killed at least 3,500 elderly New Yorkers already. Families report being given few and conflicting details about the facilities’ response to the coronavirus and whether their loved ones have been infected. The article underscores the dangers faced by one of the city’s most at-risk populations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on April 16, requiring that nursing homes notify families of residents within 24 hours about infections or deaths, or face a $2,000 fine per day, per violation. But families of deceased patients question whether this is an effective deterrent, and if more needs to be done.

The piece, written by Josefa Velasquez and Claudia Irizarry Aponte, is a sobering investigation of an ongoing crisis and the state’s piecemeal response, as told by some of the families affected. The full article can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: This article is part of Finz & Finz, P.C.,’s ongoing series about New York’s coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep our fellow New Yorkers safe and informed during this crisis. If you or someone you love has been impacted by this disease, contact us today.