Cuomo backpedals, says New York always fully reported nursing home COVID deaths
In a contradicting turn of events, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the state had always “fully reported” COVID-19 nursing home deaths after his government lied about numbers.
While New York reported the number of people who died on-site in nursing homes between May 2020 and January 2021, the numbers did not include residents who died after being hospitalized.
“To be clear, all deaths in nursing homes and hospitals have always been fully, publicly and accurately reported,” Cuomo said in his first press conference since the reports surfaced. “The numbers were always the numbers.”
When asked if he had to apologize, he said that his team’s failure to address concerns publicly created a “void” that allowed “conspiracy theories” to spread.
“We made a mistake in creating the void,” he said. “We made a mistake in creating the void by not providing information. It allowed the press, cynics and politicians to fill a void.”
In January, the Cuomo government announced that it had fallen nearly 50 percent below the number of deaths in nursing homes. At least 12,743 nursing home residents had died, including approximately 4,238 deaths that were not on the official New York State Department of Health list.
Interestingly, at the beginning of the pandemic, the health department reported all deaths in nursing homes, regardless of whether the resident died in the facility or in a hospital Daily caller Reports.
The state began avoiding nursing home deaths in hospitals in early May, around the same time Cuomo overturned the order requiring nursing homes to admit patients infected with the virus.
The misrepresentation of data sparked a bipartisan backlash, and even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for Cuomo to be stripped of his emergency powers, reports Fox News.
Cuomo blamed the “toxic political environment” for the backlash his administration has received recently.
“The last thing we wanted to do, the last thing I wanted to do, was to aggravate a terrible situation,” said Cuomo.
New York Democratic MP Ron Kim beat up the governor for his cover-up.
“As a legislator, it’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican or whatever party you belong to. We have a moral duty to speak out against their monstrous acts and hold everyone involved, including the governor, accountable, “Kim said in an interview with Fox News.
“If there’s nothing to hide, why didn’t you give the information when we asked for it?” Kim added. “The information was available. You could have just disclosed it. But they decided against it, so there is currently distrust among the public. “
Kim called for a “thorough investigation” to bring about “the 15,000 families who have lost loved ones and the families who have lost loved ones in the nursing homes who are still suffering … a sense of justice and trust in the ability of our state to protect them “.
It seems like Cuomo blamed everyone but himself and was simply trying to protect his name and administration.