More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients here in New York were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic. That’s according to the Associated Press, which reports over 9,000 patients were sent to hundreds of nursing homes. That’s over 40% higher than what had been previously released by the state health department. The New York Post is also reporting top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll, having done so out of concern the right numbers would “be used against” them by federal prosecutors. DeRosa indicated during Wednesday’s COVID conference call that it appears the Department of Justice was no longer focused on New York’s nursing home deaths. Overall, more than 45,000 people have died of COVID in New York, second only to California.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total is 858. We’ve got 59 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 1,743 active cases. Our total case count is 36,247, that’s 186 more than Thursday.