Written by Nick Reisman for Spectrum News on April 10, 2020
Rep. Elise Stefanik on Thursday called for more transparency surrounding coronavirus cases at nursing homes after the Clinton County Department of Health placed all residents at a Plattsburgh senior living facility under quarantine.
“I strongly believe that transparency is critically important to inform our seniors and their families during the COVID-19 crisis,” Stefanik said in a statement. “New York state continues to fail to release data of nursing home or senior facilities impacted by COVID-19. The Clinton County Health Department made the right call to release this information publicly to educate our seniors and the community. If the state does not release this data, our county departments of public health and senior facilities should self-report.”
More than 1,000 nursing home residents have died from the virus in New York, but state health officials have not disclosed where those patients are in the state.
Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has cited privacy concerns in doing so and has said the state investigates each case at a nursing home or assisted living facility to prevent its spread.
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