September 29, 2020

Gov. Cuomo’s administration admits to purposely undercounting nursing home coronavirus deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been lauded by the mainstream media as the hero of the coronavirus crisis, but his time in the sun may be abruptly ending.

Cuomo’s administration admitted on Friday that coronavirus deaths from nursing homes and long-term care facilities had been purposely undercounted, according to new evidence from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

New York state experienced the worst coronavirus outbreak in the nation, and early on, Cuomo ordered that nursing homes in the state must accept new and returning patients without requiring a negative COIVD-19 test.

Health experts knew that coronavirus disproportionately impacts adults above the age of 65 by January. Instead of enacting rules that would protect older adults in New York, Cuomo did the exact opposite — and then his administration covered up consequences.

New York State Department of Health spokeswoman Jill Montag revealed that New York’s coronavirus tracker “currently does not include out-of-facility deaths … Deaths of nursing home and adult care facility residents that occurred at hospitals is accounted for in the overall fatality data on our COVID-19 tracker.”

The DCNF explains the implications of that statement:

In other words, New York’s nursing home and adult care facility coronavirus deaths tracker omits any individuals who contracted coronavirus while living at a long-term care facility but died in a hospital.

Montag told the DCNF that the state is opting to not disclose out of facility deaths “in order to maintain consistency and reliability in the data as presented, and to avoid any potential for double-counting.”

Cuomo has desperately tried to reverse the emerging narrative, finally ordering additional protections for nursing home workers and residents last week. But the damage is done — Nursing homes across the state have been decimated by COVID-19, and Cuomo must be held responsible.

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