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Cuomo’s Health Officials Undercounted COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes by 50%

cuomoThe New York Department of Health undercounted deaths from the coronavirus in the state’s nursing homes by as much as 50%, according to a report issued Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

The finding, which was based on data from 62 nursing homes, appears to undercut New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assurances during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic that New York’s nursing home fatality rates were among the lowest in the country.

Cuomo, a Democrat, often claimed in press conferences that New York had a 20% fatality rate at nursing homes, which he said was far lower than states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

“Look at the basic facts where New York is versus other states,” Cuomo said in a press conference in August, The Associated Press reported at the time. “You look at where New York is as a percentage of nursing home deaths, it’s all the way at the bottom of the list.”

In July, the governor accused his detractors of playing politics by questioning the official data on nursing home fatalities.

He cited data that ranked New York 35th in terms of percentage of nursing home fatalities.

“Go talk to 34 other states first. Go talk to the Republican states now—Florida, Texas, Arizona—ask them what is happening in nursing homes. It’s all politics,” Cuomo said, according to the AP.

The New York attorney general’s report does not estimate the true number of nursing home fatalities, which the state Department of Health initially reported to be just over 6,000. The analysis from James, a Democrat, suggests that the number of deaths would be around 9,000.

The state Department of Health admitted to The Daily Caller News Foundation in May that it was undercounting deaths of nursing home residents from COVID-19. An official with the state agency said that it was not including residents who died at hospitals in its official tally.

The new report says that an executive order implemented by Cuomo in March 2020 put nursing home residents “at increased risk of harm” in some facilities. Cuomo’s order required nursing homes to readmit residents from hospitals even if they were positive for COVID-19.

According to the report, 4,000 nursing home deaths occurred after Cuomo’s guidance on March 25. Investigators do not attribute all of those deaths to Cuomo’s order, which he rescinded on May 10 in response to public outcry.

But the report does note that deaths occurred in 323 facilities that “apparently had no reported COVID-19 infections before receiving admissions or re-admissions of hospital residents who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

The report says that additional data and analysis are needed to determine the full effect of Cuomo’s guidance, but that “these admissions may have contributed to increased risk of nursing home resident infection, and subsequent fatalities.”

Cuomo implemented the policy to clear up hospital beds to help deal with an expected surge of coronavirus cases in the state.

The report also says that nursing homes’ failure to comply with protocols to control infection put residents at higher risk of illness and death.

James’ estimate of a 50% gap between reported and actual deaths is based on analysis of data from 62 nursing homes, or about 10% of the facilities in the state.

The report cites one nursing home that reported 11 likely COVID-19 deaths to the Department of Health on Aug. 3. The investigation by the attorney general’s office found that 40 residents of the facility actually died from the virus: 27 of them at the nursing home and 13 at hospitals.

Reprinted with Permission from - The Daily Signal by - Chuck Ross

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Leslie
8 months ago

Cuomo will be judged by the only perfect Judge when he meets his maker. Hope Cuomo tells the truth cause his Judge knows the truth.

Kim
8 months ago

So…a democrat lied about the numbers. Gosh, that’s never happened before!!

Dan W.
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim

There has been so much misdirection regarding Covid during the past 12 months.

Why are politicians so afraid to give us the straight story ? We can take it.

Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Half of the problem stems from the fact that the way this new virus behaves was being discovered as it spread through populations. Mask or no mask? One, two, or three masks at a time? Ventilator or no ventilator? Viability lingers for 14 hours or 2 weeks on certain surfaces? Faucci and Birx didn’t know all the answers; no one did, so most of us played it safe and did the 3 W’s (walk, wear, wash).

The other half of the problem lies in the cover-up of the truth. Were most of the deaths caused by Covid-19, or did hospitals decide to fraudulently cash in on the bounty offered by the government and call a heart attack a Covid death? A thorough analysis of this issue could lead to the result that shutting down the economy was entirely unnecessary, costly, and led to a Biden presidency.

Political camps differ on everything, and the media always take the side of the dems. Yes, we can take “the straight story”, but the MSM instead chose to peddle hysteria, lies, and propaganda to benefit the liberals. Truth is a rare commodity these days.

Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

My reply to you is, for some reason, “Awaiting for approval”. Don’t know why………..

Dan W.
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I have encountered the “awaiting for approval” flag a few times and most of those times, I couldn’t figure out why.

There is likely some type of key word filter in place that flags responses based on a key word rather than by content. Sometimes my response is approved a day or two later and sometimes my response simply disappears.

Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

There was nothing in the reply that would have triggered the spam keyword blocker. I’ll try again: Half of the problem stems from the fact that the way this new virus behaves was being discovered as it spread through populations. Mask or no mask? One, two, or three masks at a time? Ventilator or no ventilator? Viability lingers for 14 hours or 2 weeks on certain surfaces? Faucci and Birx didn’t know all the answers; no one did, so most of us played it safe and did the 3 W’s (walk, wear, wash).
The other half of the problem lies in the cover-up of the truth. Were most of the deaths caused by Covid-19, or did hospitals decide to fraudulently cash in on the bounty offered by the government and call a heart attack a Covid death? A thorough analysis of this issue could lead to the result that shutting down the economy was entirely unnecessary, costly, and led to a Biden presidency.
Political camps differ on everything, and the media always take the side of the dems. Yes, we can take “the straight story”, but the MSM instead chose to peddle hysteria, lies, and propaganda to benefit the liberals. Truth is a rare commodity these days.

Dan W.
8 months ago

Cuomo doesn’t want to count a death as a nursing home death if a nursing home resident was rushed to the hospital with Covid and died of Covid in the hospital the next day.

His order to readmit Covid positive nursing home residents from a hospital back into their nursing homes was a clear mistake. We all know it was a mistake yet Cuomo is one of those politicians who can’t admit that he ever makes a mistake.

Hopefully, the NY primary voters will remind him the next time he runs for office.

Peggy
8 months ago

Cuomo needs to be removed. He is an elite fool.

PaulE
8 months ago

The msm will ignore this as it involves a Democrat. No unpleasant interviews or written articles in the press. Just a wall of silence until no one remembers this. Of course the mass murder of thousands of elderly will be remembered by their surviving relatives.

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