Dozens of resident at The Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died from Covid-19 but the facility failed to report them. The nursing home was slapped with violations from the NY Health Department for hiding the deaths of 25 residents.
The facility was reported by a neighbor who recorded a video showing at least 20 bodies in black bags being transported out of the nursing home and piled into trucks. At the time, the nursing home had only reported 5 deaths. It is is now facing a fine for failing to protect its residents and under-reporting the number of deaths.
While nursing homes as well as hospitals are immune from most neglect lawsuits during the pandemic, they are legally obligated to disclose the number of residents who died from the coronavirus. According to an executive order that was released by Andrew Cuomo on April 17, nursing homes have to report coronavirus deaths to family members within 24h. Nursing homes that don’t comply can be fined $2,000 per undisclosed death and risk the revocation of their license as well as criminal prosecution.