The crime of Governor Cuomo, who forced hospitals and nursing homes to comply with a policy that ended up killing thousands and thousands of nursing home patients, is bad enough. And we already know they tried to cover it up because Trump started tweeting about it, even rewriting a health report to hide the numbers.
But now there’s new details on Cuomo’s misdeeds:
Cuomo’s political team repeatedly overruled health officials, suppressed data and blocked transparency for months in order to hide NY’s nursing home death toll. They did so as they helped Cuomo land a $4million book deal premised on his COVID leadership. Outright corruption. https://t.co/fetpReJ0Kf
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 28, 2021
FOX NEWS – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration reportedly engaged in a concerted monthslong effort to deliberately play down the number of COVID-19-related deaths among nursing home patients in the state.
Senior aides for the governor purposely sought to prevent New York state health officials, including Commissioner Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing interviews and newly-unearthed documents.
As previously reported by Fox News, Cuomo’s administration was logging the location of nursing home residents’ COVID-19 deaths since at least April 2020, despite claims those numbers could not be verified for a report issued months later. According to a document obtained by Fox News, facilities were required to report the number of residents who died from COVID-19 daily.
Officials were aware of the true death toll since last spring, the New York Times said. An unpublished report said nursing home deaths accounted for 35% of all deaths at that time, though the version that was eventually released in July pared that figure down to 21%.
The Times reported that Cuomo’s top aides watched closely over the report, which began to be compiled in April 2020. An email obtained by the publication noted that Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, said they were getting “anxious” about the report and sought to downplay the idea that Cuomo’s nursing home directive was potentially a problem.
Not only was a scientific paper including the data was not published, the Times reported, but also two letters to state legislators from health officials were never sent.
Cuomo is said to have acknowledged in October that the data would eventually have to be released but reportedly called for additional analysis at that time. That data – including a higher death toll – were confirmed by the State Health Department in a letter that was never sent, the Times said.
A spokesperson for Cuomo has been contacted for comment.
Remember how Cuomo blamed these deaths on staffers at the nursing homes? And he did this knowing exactly what happened and how he and his political team had worked hard to cover up the death toll.
Just think of how evil this man is, that he would be conducting this monthslong cover-up of deaths that are his fault while writing a freaking book about how awesome his leadership skills were during the pandemic. And the media just ate it right up. Especially CNN.