Sununu, Feltes mischaracterize virus toll on nursing homes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic challenger, Dan Feltes, both misstated the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on New Hampshire nursing homes Monday during a televised debate in which they also accused each other of changing their positions on other issues for political purposes.

Of the state’s 468 deaths from the coronavirus, 81% have been among residents or staff at long-term care facilities. Asked whether the state should have moved more quickly to protect that vulnerable population, Sununu said while even one death is too many, New Hampshire has fared better than many other states.

“In terms of the number of fatalities we’ve had in long-term care, compared to beds we have in our population, we’re one of the lowest numbers on the East Coast,” he said during the WMUR-TV debate. “I think we are the lowest in New England.”

That is not true, however, according to

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