ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge has ordered New York’s Department of Health to release records about nursing home residents who died of COVID-19. The judge on Wednesday said the agency’s failure to do so already was a “violation” of New York’s open government law. The Department of Health had argued that it needed months to compile records about long-term care residents who died at hospitals. But the judge noted nursing homes have to file daily reports of all residents who die from COVID-19, regardless of where they died. The judge ordered the Department of Health to release the information within five business days.
Photo: FILE – In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)