Letter: Place of death is political in Covid-19 | Letters

Letter: Place of death is political in Covid-19 |  Letters

It seems we are making a lot of “fuss” that people who lived in nursing homes have died in hospitals. The debate seems to be that some who lived in nursing homes died from Covid-19 in a hospital. How should they be counted with respect to “counts” when reporting deaths, regarding Covid-19 in New York State?

Let’s apply some logic to the problem: If a person gets sick at home (say Covid-19) and goes to the hospital and dies, then they are reported to have died in the hospital, not at home. (If he died at home, he would be listed as a death at home). If a person is injured in a car accident and is transferred to a hospital and dies, it is reported that they died in the hospital, and not at the scene of the accident. If one is shot at the corner of Chippewa and Delaware and taken to hospital for treatment and dies, he is said to have died in the hospital not at the corner where it happened. Shouldn’t that same logic apply when a person contacts Covid-19 in a nursing home and is transferred to hospital for treatment and dies, shouldn’t we say that person died in there? hospital, not in the nursing home?

Why do some people want hospital deaths of nursing home patients to be reported as deaths in a nursing home and not in a hospital? We know that all deaths have been reported by the state, whether they were in hospitals or nursing homes. This unfortunate total means everyone who died from Covid-19, regardless of where it happened …

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