New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged transparency following a report by the state's attorney general that COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes may have been undercounted by as much as 50%. (Jan. 28)
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: These, these are our loved ones we lost. You know, it's someone's grandma, it's someone's mother or father, aunt or uncle-- I mean, this is families missing someone dear to them. And for so many people, I talked to them, the fact that they-- you know, people, I've talked to people all over a city who have lost folks, and they could not be with them. It made it so much more horrible. So this was just, you know, among all the other pain that we went through in 2020, this was arguably the very worst part of it.
We have to make sense of this. We have to get the full truth, and we have to make sure it never, ever happens again, nothing like this happens again. And we have to be honest about the numbers.
I do want to give a lot of credit to colleagues in my administration, our health leadership-- they have always strived to really put out, not just the obvious numbers, but we've been talking about probable deaths and probable cases. I mean, we try to be as clear and honest as possible, and I appreciate that. And I think that's the way we all have to understand this crisis, and make sure nothing like that happens again.