New York Adds More Than 1,600 COVID Deaths to Nursing Home Toll

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ALBANY, NY – New York’s Department of Health added more than 1,600 deaths to the official toll of COVID-related mortalities in nursing homes across the state on Monday night, confirming what many family members had already suspected.

The New York Times reports that the new data brings the total number of such fatalities up to 4,813, and still does not include residents who died in hospitals. New York City is home to the state’s most impacted facilities. Queens alone has had 358 confirmed deaths and another 476 suspected deaths.

According to spokesperson Gary Holmes, the department arrived at the new figures after reassessing the way it gathered and parsed information submitted by nursing homes.

“This crisis and our response to it continues to evolve, and the unprecedented amount and specificity of data we are providing to the public will continue to evolve with it,” he told the Times.

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