Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon talks with Bill Hammond about New York’s nursing home polices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Department of Health report, “Factors Associated with Nursing Home Infections and Fatalities in New York State During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis,” issued July 6
Cuomo Admin Ducks Important Questions on Nursing Homes, blog post by Bill Hammond, July 8
Nursing Home Vacancy Rate Soars, Hinting at a Higher Coronavirus Toll, blog post by Bill Hammond, June 30
#NYCoronavirus Chronicles, a regularly updated compendium of Empire Center research and analysis on the pandemic and its New York impact, dating back to Feb. 28.
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