NYS Failed to Protect People in Group Homes Amid COVIDWBFO NPR posted a story about failures at the state level to provide desperately needed protective gear, testing and help with staffing for group homes serving residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders of those homes and family members told lawmakers at a legislative hearing Thursday.

Residents of group homes in New York City saw higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and deaths than other New Yorkers, according to Marco Damiani, chief executive officer of AHRC New York City, a nonprofit organization supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The rate of infection was five times the New York City rate, hospitalization was three times the rate, and the fatality rate was twice the rate of New York City,” Damiani said at the Thursday hearing.

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