ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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 acknowledged. The surprise development, after months of the state refusing to divulge the true numbers, showed at least 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus, far greater than the official tally of 8,505. The release came after a report by state Attorney General Letitia James found the death count could be off by 50% because New York is one of the only states to count just those who died on nursing home grounds.
Photo: FILE – In this March 31, 2020 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference in the Red Room at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)