New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo remains under fire over the unreported number of elderly COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
New information about Cuomo hiding elderly nursing home deaths from the public surfaced when someone leaked a video conference call of top governor aide Melissa DeRosa with state Democratic leaders.
A report by New York State Attorney General Letitia James found the state underreported nursing home deaths but the new revelation by Cuomo’s aide revealed the apparent political motivation behind the undercount.
During the call, DeRosa apologized to state Democrats for not being transparent with nursing home COVID-19 deaths.
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The New York Post reports:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned.
In all, it’s estimated that the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths is about 40 percent higher than the state originally reported. The total number is now about 13,000.
The deaths are being linked to Cuomo’s March 25 order mandating nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients.
It’s now reported that just over 9,000 COVID-19 patients were sent to nursing homes throughout the state.
Initially, the mainstream media ignored the bombshell news about Cuomo as documented by Media Research Center’s NewsBusters.
The AP story dropped before the broadcast networks went to air, but none of them covered it. Not even a news brief. This meant ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News chose not to share the politically damaging story with their viewers.
A bombshell report shows Andrew Cuomo sent 9,000 COVID patients into nursing homes in New York.
ABC talked about a police horse.
CBS talked about the British royal famimly.
NBC showed off an art museum.
They are hiding this bombshell from you. https://t.co/benxvwmDeo
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) February 12, 2021
However, the nursing home deaths under Cuomo’s watch are now being covered by The New York Times and ABC News.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office concealed data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths out of fear the Trump administration would use it against them. https://t.co/igRBQEWdDH
— ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2021
NBC News is also covering the Cuomo controversy.
Critics are now calling out Cuomo over the emerging scandal.
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) February 12, 2021
There is no doubt Cuomo made horrible decisions in dealing with the pandemic and sending COVID-19 patients into nursing homes is at the top of the list.
Given the allegations of a coverup makes Cuomo look even worse.