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New York Coronavirus Death Numbers Rise

This past Monday night, the New York Department of Health issued a statement presenting over 1500 presumed coronavirus deaths from nursing homes in the state.

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Nursing Home in Queens, Credit: New York Times

This past Monday, the New York Department of Health issued a statement presenting over 1500 presumed coronavirus deaths from nursing homes in the state.

By May 3rd, nearly 5000 nursing home patients had died either in their respective nursing homes or in a hospital. This number is nearly 2000 deaths more than were recorded less than a week before, on April 28th. New York state continues to adapt its data recording methods, causing the numbers to increase nearly every day.

What caused this jump in coronavirus cases?

The cause behind this sudden jump in coronavirus cases is not as bad as it may seem. Since the beginning of the outbreak, nursing homes have battled to keep their death numbers out of official reports. In their eyes, having nursing home death rates factored into the rest of the data makes the virus appear to be uncontained.

What does this mean?

Nursing home deaths account for only around 25% of total coronavirus related deaths in New York. Professionals agree that this number is not as significant as it may at first seem.

Anthony Rebello

By Anthony Rebello

Anthony Rebello is 16 years old and a rising junior at a number of online high schools. He lives in North Carolina and enjoys climbing in his free time. Anthony is passionate about helping those less fortunate than himself and started W.A.A. as a way to raise awareness for communities and people around the world. He wants to go to medical school and work as an Emergency Physician overseas in impoverished communities.

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