NEW YORK — New York’s attorney general has joined calls for the state to loosen a partial immunity from lawsuits and criminal prosecutions it had granted to nursing homes at the height of the pandemic last spring.
In a report issued Thursday, Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, documented how a number of homes failed to follow infection-control protocols as the virus raged.
In some homes, patients with COVID-19 were mingled with residents who didn’t yet have the virus.
Some homes did not screen staff for illness, made sick employees keep coming to work or maintained dangerously low staffing levels.
A group of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for the Legislature to pass a bill to repeal the immunity provision.