Says audit affirms her findings that DOH undercounted nursing home deaths
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement Tuesday in response to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s audit of the New York State Department of Health’s response to the coronavirus, which affirmed some of the findings of her January 2021 nursing homes report, most notably that DOH misrepresented the true number of deaths that occurred at nursing homes:
“This audit affirms many of the findings that we uncovered last year about the state’s response to COVID, most notably that DOH and the former governor undercounted the number of deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%. I am grateful to Comptroller DiNapoli for bringing much-needed transparency to this critical issue. My office will continue to monitor nursing home conditions and ensure the safety of our most vulnerable residents. If anyone has concerns about nursing home conditions, I urge them to contact my office.”
James encourages anyone with information or concerns about nursing home conditions to file confidential complaints online or by calling 833-249-8499.