New Report Details Massive Cover-up in Governor’s Office
According to a new report from the New York Times, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo actively tried to hide the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes for far longer than originally reported. Cuomo has come under fire in recent weeks because of his failed nursing home policy during the early months of the pandemic.
Cuomo’s Nursing Home Policy
Cuomo’s infamous nursing home policy forced the state’s adult care facilities to bring in recovering COVID-19 patients, despite the fact that many were still contagious or testing positive with the deadly virus. This policy may have been the reason why the state saw thousands of additional deaths in many of its long-term care facilities.
The decision to mandate that these facilities accept these patients is being blamed by many for causing an unnecessary amount of deaths in New York’s most vulnerable communities.
Hiding the Data
New evidence demonstrates that Cuomo tried to hide the death toll by overriding the wishes of state health officials to share the true scope of the problem with the public. Sources say that Cuomo deliberately hid the numbers in an attempt to spin his leadership during the health crisis in a more positive light.
The latest report alleges that Cuomo deliberately hid this data for five months. In addition, he involved many members of his staff in the plan to mislead the public about the accurate death toll in his state’s long-term care facilities.
According to the Thursday report by the New York Times, lawmakers repeatedly asked for the true data. However, Cuomo instructed his aides to cover up the reality of the problem.