New Report Proves Gov. Cuomo’s Nursing Home Coverup Was Worse Than We Thought
At the center of New York’s coronavirus disaster is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s now infamous “March 25 advisory” forcing nursing homes to take coronavirus patients. On paper it would seem that mixing coronavirus patients with the demographic of people most susceptible to the virus is a terrible idea – and that was tragically proven in the months that followed.
The carnage caused by this policy was known immediately, but it hasn’t been until this year that the media even bothered to give it any attention. Cuomo’s policies were heralded by the media and Dr. Fauci last year as the model for how to fight coronavirus – despite the fact that throughout all of 2020 it was the case that if New York were its own country, it would have more coronavirus deaths per capita than any on the planet.
The catalyst for the media finally paying attention was the admission from Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa that nursing home deaths were suppressed because they feared an investigation from a Trump DOJ (which is dubious, because coverup began long before the feds took notice).
More details in the coverup were just made public, and the scandal keeps getting worse. According to the New York Post:
While Cuomo was securing a reported $4 million deal to write a book on his pandemic “leadership,” he and his staff were busy suppressing the truth about New York’s nursing-home deaths in the wake of the March 25 order that forced homes to admit COVID-contagious patients. And it now turns out the coverup was even worse than we’d thought.
On top of blocking health officials from telling the truth, senior staffers also quashed a scientific paper that reported the true fatality total, The New York Times reported.
A June 18 e-mail from top aide Melissa DeRosa to health officials shows Team Cuomo was “anxious” about a pending Department of Health report on nursing-home coronavirus fatalities and out to downplay the idea that the March 25 mandate had proved deadly.
The Cuomoites were publicly citing a nursing-home death toll of about 6,000 by ignoring home residents who’d died while hospitalized. The draft report shared the full count of over 9,700, noting that the homes accounted for “approximately 35 percent” of all NY coronavirus deaths. But DeRosa — who at the same time was intimately involved in the gov’s book-deal negotiations — and other staff got all that edited out. The final report said the homes only yielded 21 percent of the state’s virus death total, making it seem below, rather than above, the US average.
Cuomo reportedly acknowledged that the real figures would come out first – but reality was at least delayed until after he received his book advance.
This comes as Cuomo faces sexual harassment allegations from nearly a dozen women.
He should resign – but we all know he won’t.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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