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John Dalli a Member of the New York Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which sparked a devastating economic and social disruption across the globe, members of the New York State Bar Association and the larger legal community put together a task force to help ensure laws and policies sufficiently protect vulnerable populations and guarantee equitable access to high-quality care. After all, the pandemic not only led to an Read More >>

Financial Abuse of Elders May Be on the Rise During COVID-19

Many nursing homes put their facilities on lockdown when COVID-19 became a credible threat to the United States in March 2020, prohibiting family members from visiting their loved ones. Unfortunately, this made nursing home residents more vulnerable to neglect and abuse from the people who are supposed to be caring for them. What’s more troubling is that financial abuse may also be on the rise in Read More >>

Task Force of New York Lawyers Released a Report on the State’s Handlings of Nursing Homes During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a devastating public health crisis. To date, 593,000 Americans have lost their lives from the virus, including over 50,000 New Yorkers. While the pandemic has been an unnerving experience for all New Yorkers, some have been disproportionately affected. Specifically, older people and individuals living with disabilities have been hit the hardest. As more information Read More >>

An Unvaccinated Worker in a Kentucky Nursing Home Set Off a Significant COVID Outbreak

In Kentucky, an unvaccinated worker at a nursing home facility recently set off a COVID-19 outbreak. Although the majority of the nursing home’s residents had been vaccinated, there were still 22 cases of COVID reported among residents and employees who were fully vaccinated. While many of the infected individuals who were vaccinated were not symptomatic or hospitalized, one vaccinated resident Read More >>

Senate Democrats Block GOP’s Second Attempt at Subpoenas for NY’s Handling of Nursing Homes During the Pandemic 

On April 19th, New York State Senators Tom O’Mara and Anthony Palumbo advanced a motion to send multiple subpoenas related to the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic along with potential inaccuracies in death toll reporting. Some subpoenas were sent to officials at the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for testimonies and others were sent for records of the Cuomo Read More >>

Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Are Disproportionately Affected by the Pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, Katie Engelhart, a New York Times Journalist who reports on aging, set out to understand how COVID-19 was affecting nursing home residents with dementia. In her work, she talked to doctors, caretakers, scientists, psychologists, and individuals with dementia to gain insight into what it was like to live through a disorienting time inside a mind that is already Read More >>

Gov. Cuomo’s Team Allegedly Underreported COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths

A recent report published by the Wall Street Journal reveals that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s closest advisors “successfully pushed” New York health officials to omit high-level data points regarding COVID-19 nursing home death reports in July. The omission of data was said to have grossly under-reported residents who died of the virus.  What Happened with COVID-19 Nursing Home Reports in NY?  The Read More >>

Cuomo Administration’s Apology on Nursing Home Data Handling Falls Flat for State Democratic Leaders

During a conference with New York Democratic leaders, Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, apologized for withholding the state’s nursing home COVID-19 death toll, stating the team worried the actual numbers would put the state at risk for federal prosecution. DeRosa attributed the team’s resistance to releasing the numbers to Donald Trump’s continuous attack of Democratic governors and Read More >>

New York Senators May Subpoena the State Health Department for Key Nursing Home Death Numbers

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration issued a report absolving themselves of the blame for thousands of COVID-19 nursing home deaths in July of 2020. After an outcry from mourning families, Cuomo’s administration refused to back up the findings when they failed to provide copies of the records that were the basis of the report’s conclusions. Now, WXXI News reports that Read More >>

Nursing Home Visitations in New York Resume Friday with New Rules

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release the latest guidelines for visiting nursing homes in accordance with CMS and CDC standards that will commence on Friday, February 26. Under the new parameters, nursing homes will resume indoor visitations, ease current COVID-19 testing requirements for visitors, and increase the capacity for each facility. The previous rule, which banned Read More >>