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County calls for study on nursing home virus deaths

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County calls for study on nursing home virus deaths

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter, center, on Monday reads a letter from state Sen. James Tedisco thanking the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for its support of his legislation calling for an independent commission to study COVID-19-related nursing home deaths. The letter was read at the board’s monthly meeting at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is the first county in New York state to formally call for an independent state probe of nursing home COVID-19 deaths.

The county Board of Supervisors on Monday passed a resolution urging the state Legislature to establish a temporary commission to study and investigate the effects of the COVID-19 response related to nursing home fatalities.

The board passed a resolution at its monthly meeting at the County Office Building.

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Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter also read a statement from Republican state Sen. James Tedisco thanking Fulton County legislators for their support.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated publicly in recent weeks that the criticism he has received from nursing homes during the pandemic is politicized.

But local state legislators in a bipartisan fashion — are calling for an investigation. Democratic state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has said New York state owes it to the COVID families in nursing homes who suffered fatalities “to get the answers.”Supervisors noted the state coronavirus death toll in New York state nursing Homes to be an estimated 6,500-7,000 —“likely a significant undercount.”The county resolution stated: “The inordinately high mortality rates to a very vulnerable population indicates that there is a need to examine the state policies that led to poor outcomes in combating the COVID-19 virus.” […]

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