4. New York underreported nursing home deaths

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report last month finding more than 3,800 additional nursing home residents died from COVID-19 than reported by the state’s health department. James called those death rates, which were undercounted by as much as 50%, “alarming” and pushed New York to “offer transparency that the public deserves.” One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides reportedly told the New York Times that state officials lied about the numbers last year because they feared an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department under then-President Donald Trump.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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