Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves NY governor Andrew Cuomo with reference to Coronavirus.
Govenor Andrew Cuomo of New York said his administration should have been more transparent in how it counted coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes.
Cuomo conceded on Monday that his administration’s lack of transparency about how it counted coronavirus related deaths in the state’s nursing homes had been a mistake. The pandemic has ravaged nursing homes across the country and as recently as late January, New York was reporting only about 8,500 nursing home fatalities, excluding virus related deaths that occurred outside those facilities, such as in hospitals. Now, with those included, more than 15,000 residents of New York’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities are known to have died from Covid-19.
Speaking Monday in the State Capitol, Cuomo made his first remarks since a top aide to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, told state lawmakers last week that the state had withheld data from the Legislature. She said it had feared that the Trump administration would use the information to begin a federal investigation into the state’s handling of nursing homes. The governor echoed DeRosa’s comments and acknowledged that by failing to answer questions from state lawmakers, the public and the news media, the state created a void that was “filled with skepticism, cynicism and conspiracy theories which furthered confusion.”
The state’s attorney general, Letitia James, accused the Cuomo administration of severely undercounting deaths connected to nursing homes. The state quickly updated those numbers, adding thousands. A court order led to more updates and an even higher number since.
The revelation that data was withheld from lawmakers has prompted accusations of a cover up and calls from lawmakers in both parties for the Democratic governor to be investigated and stripped of the emergency powers that he has exercised during the pandemic.