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Governor Andrew Cuomo broke days of silence over escalating accusations that he and his top aides deliberately withheld for months key COVID-19 death numbers of nursing home residents who succumbed to the virus. He apologized to families of residents who died in the homes during the pandemic for the anxiety that the withholding of those numbers created.

A University of Pittsburgh geriatric medical expert is giving a virtual talk for Berkshire Community College today. She says the elderly face outsized inequities in the American healthcare system.

NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne
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Two New York state assemblymen have written to President Biden, asking for his help in accessing data on nursing home deaths during the pandemic. They say previous attempts to obtain this information, both from federal and state agencies, were ignored.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is up to 24 COVID-19-related deaths as of Sunday.

A nursing home
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With COVID-19 cases on the rise, a lawmaker from the Hudson Valley is urging New York state to develop a plan to more effectively protect residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

A nursing home
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Three New York congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation to direct a study on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Holyoke Soldier's Home
Mass.Dept of Veterans Services

         Criminal charges were announced today stemming from the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (center) joined by New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker (left) and special counsel Beth Garvey (right)
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Nursing homes in New York will now be allowed to host visitors after 14 days without a COVID-19 case, down from the previous 28 days. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo calls a federal Department of Justice probe into New York’s nursing home policies at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic “political,” and says President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is targeting Democratic governors. 

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A nursing home and rehabilitation center in Plattsburgh is calling on the state to ease nursing home visitation policies it says are too stringent and unfair to residents and their families.


The New York State Legislature on Monday held the first of two hearings on the thousands of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at right, speaks at a rally for survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday.
Karen DeWitt

In August, the New York State Legislature will hold hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policy on nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis, including a controversial March 25th directive that required the homes to readmit residents who were in the hospital with COVID-19. Karen DeWitt spoke with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who says she’s keeping an open mind. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says visitors will now be allowed for patients at hospitals and residents of group homes for the developmentally disabled. But nursing home visits remain off limits for now.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

In one of its first major moves since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, the New York state legislature last week passed a package of COVID-19-related bills. Democratic State Senator James Skoufis co-sponsored many of the bills that range from education needs to price gouging penalties. Skoufis, who chairs the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about some of the measures along with whether his committee will be looking into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s actions regarding nursing homes during the pandemic.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to face questions over New York’s nursing home policies pertaining to COVID-19. The Democrat is responding by pointing to federal guidance. 

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Two county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have delivered updates about nursing home COVID-19 testing. Dutchess County has completed testing at two facilities.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 update March 26, 2020
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Westchester County has begun COVID-19 testing in its nursing homes as New York is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities. Meantime, the Westchester County Center, which the state had set up as an overflow hospital, is being used in another capacity — antibody testing for the county’s first responders.

Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman Ron Kim

New York state lawmakers are pushing legislation to better protect nursing home residents. They say they’re hearing reports of residents not receiving proper care during the COVID-19 pandemic and poor communication with family members.