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HHS Inspector General Finds Nursing Home Deaths Up 32% in 2020

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Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.

The report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services found that about 4 in 10 Medicare recipients in nursing homes had or likely had COVID-19 in 2020, and that deaths overall jumped by 169,291 from the previous year, before the coronavirus appeared.


Nursing Homes Continue To Face COVID-19 Outbreaks Despite Vaccines

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Jeannie Wells had hoped that regular visits would resume at her elderly mother’s New York nursing home once all the residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Around Easter, her wish finally came true, and she was able to hold the 93-year-old’s hand more than a year after bringing her mother to the facility for rehabilitation for a fractured hip and knee.


NY Governor Cuomo Faces Growing Calls To Resign From Democratic Lawmakers

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

Following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to resign after new sexual harassment allegations arose, a growing number of the state’s Democratic lawmakers are questioning his ability to effectively govern the state.

On Sunday, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called on the Democratic governor to step down, saying the controversies surrounding Cuomo are “drawing away from the business of government.”


NY Governor Cuomo's Aides Interfered With Nursing Home COVID-19 Death Reporting

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing more allegations over his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Cuomo’s top advisors pushed the state health department to remove data from a public report in July 2020 on those fatalities in order to hide the true number of virus-related deaths.


NY Governor Cuomo Acknowledges Withholding Nursing Home COVID-19 Death Toll

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged on Monday that his office should not have withheld data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, the public and press - falling short of an apology a senior aide made to lawmakers last week.

Cuomo said at a press conference that “lessons were learned’ in not releasing the data and that things “should have been done differently.”


Top Aide to NY Governor Cuomo Admits Withheld Data on Nursing Home COVID-19 Deaths

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has. apologized following reports the governor’s office withheld data related to the COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes across the state.

Cuomo’s aide, Melissa DeRosa, told lawmakers during a virtual conference call Wednesday that the administration was concerned about a preliminary inquiry into the numbers by the U.S. Department of Justice and feared the information would be “used against us” by federal prosecutors, according to a partial transcript released by the governor's office.


New York Attorney General Report Shows Nursing Home Deaths Undercounted by Thousands

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state’s official tallies had previously showed, according to reports.

After months of failing to divulge its true numbers, the Cuomo administration provided an updated breakdown that brings the state’s nursing home death tally from 8,711 to more than 13,000, giving New York the highest nursing home death rate in the country.

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Eli Lilly Says Antibody Drug Can Prevent COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

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Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations.

It’s the first major study to show such a treatment may prevent illness in a group that has been devastated by the pandemic.

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said. Among nursing home residents only, the risk was reduced by up to 80%.


US Government, Walgreens and CVS Kick Off Drive To Vaccinate Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19

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The U.S. government and two of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains kick off a nationwide campaign to vaccinate nursing home residents against COVID-19 on Monday, a week after the first vaccines authorized in the country began being administered to healthcare workers.

The program is the latest effort to control a pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people in the country and is straining the capacity of healthcare systems in some states.


COVID-19 Vaccinations Reach Nursing Homes As California Distributes Body Bags and Morgue Trailers

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The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at U.S. nursing homes, where the virus has killed upwards of 110,000 people, even as the nation struggles to contain a surge so alarming that California is dispensing thousands of body bags and lining up refrigerated morgue trailers.

With the rollout of shots picking up speed Wednesday, lawmakers in Washington closed in on a long-stalled coronavirus relief package that would send direct payments of perhaps $600 to most Americans. Meanwhile, the U.S. appeared to be days away from adding a second vaccine to its arsenal.


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