New York authorities say nearly 2,500 people have died of the coronavirus at nursing homes in the state.
The officials said on Friday that the virus has killed a total of 2,477 people. They said 19 homes listed 20 deaths or more and that five of them registered at least 40 fatalities.
The New York Times reported on Friday that at least 7,000 people living in or connected to nursing homes have died of the coronavirus across the country.
Critics say that some care facilities have refused to disclose the condition of residents to their families to cover up infections inside.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference on Friday that the state will require nursing homes to inform families if a resident becomes infected or dies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking nursing homes to act according to its guidelines.