New York City’s running tally of reported nursing home deaths leapt 47% to 2,785 as of last Sunday, as state officials released a fuller but still incomplete picture of the damage inflicted by coronavirus. Nursing homes have been a particularly deadly feeding ground for the virus. In New York City alone, deaths among nursing home residents make up nearly 15% of the 18,909 fatalities reported as of Monday, city and state data show. The surge in reported deaths came after the state Department of Health introduced more stringent reporting rules for nursing homes — now requiring disclosure of not only the deaths of patients who tested positive for COVID-19, but also those presumed killed by the virus. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also begun asking hospitals to report to the state which patients had come from a nursing home.
Previously, only a limited number of nursing homes reported presumed COVID deaths, creating a patchwork picture.
Even with the improved reporting, most experts believes the figures fall well short of the true devastation.
The state Department of Health has still not publicly reported statistics on nursing home residents who died at a hospital, even though the agency has required nursing homes to submit that information for weeks.
The latest state numbers, which go back to March 1, indicate that 36 nursing homes citywide — nearly one in four of those reporting fatalities — have seen at least 10% of their residents succumb to the virus, according to THE CITY’s analysis.