New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home scandal has been completely unmasked.
The New York Post on Thursday obtained a leak from Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa that tells us what astute observers already knew about Cuomo’s disastrous order to return nursing home residents back after testing positive for COVID-19 in the early weeks of the pandemic: There was a cover-up.
The Post reported that Cuomo’s own words during a video conference call that explains why he didn’t produce the data: Because Trump.
In the call, Cuomo referred to President Trump’s pressure on the governor, according to the brave Secretary to the Governor DeRosa:
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”
“And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.
“Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation,” she continued.
“That played a very large role into this,” she added.
The Associated Press is also reporting the number of nursing home residents that were sent back to spread COVID in long-term care facilities under Cuomo’s order: Over 9,000.
More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial order that was scrapped amid criticisms it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated Press.
The new number of 9,056 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what had been previously released by the state health department. And it raises new questions as to whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 directive helped spread sickness and death among residents, a charge his administration disputes.
It is a startling 40% higher figure than what was previously stated. It also raises new questions about Governor Cuomo, who now no longer has Trump to blame for his failed leadership.
The governor even had the nerve to pen an effusive biopic about his own self-imagined grandeur, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
An earlier report made similar allegations and estimates that suggested the Cuomo administration’s earlier numbers were way off.
“The New York State attorney general accused the Cuomo administration of undercounting coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50 percent, according to a report released on Thursday,” the Times reported.
“In the 76-page report released by the attorney general, Letitia James, a survey of nursing homes found consistent discrepancies between deaths reported to the attorney general’s investigators and those officially released by the Health Department,” it continued.
The report from the Attorney’s General office lists in striking detail that the fatalities in nursing homes were severely undercounted. Now we know why.
Because the governor feared his reckless actions might be exposed by Donald Trump.
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