A view of a patient being rolled out of a nursing home in Flushing Queens New York USA during the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020.

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The New York Department of Health reported Covid deaths in nursing homes by up to 50%, according to a new report released Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

The 76-page report comes after a month-long investigation by the Attorney General’s office into allegations that nursing homes failed to adhere to Covid’s safety protocols.

The investigation found that the number of Covid deaths among nursing home residents in some facilities increased by more than 50% when including residents who died in the hospital.

“As the pandemic and our investigation continue, it is imperative that we understand why New York nursing home residents have suffered needlessly so alarmingly,” James said in a statement. “While we cannot bring back the people we lost to this crisis, this report aims to provide transparency the public deserves and encourage increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

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