Aides to New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo “spent months” trying to obscure the death toll associated with Cuomo’s now-infamous nursing home policy, according to a report from the New York Times, repeatedly overruling state health officials who authorized sharing the death toll with the public and with other New York legislators.
The Cuomo nursing home policy, which forced long-term and other adult care facilities to accept patients recovering from bouts with COVID-19, even if they remained contagious or still tested positive for the virus, may have been responsible for thousands of deaths statewide, particularly among populations vulnerable to the virus: the elderly and minority communities.
According to earlier reports, a Cuomo aide admitted to some Democratic legislators, in January, that Cuomo’s office deliberately hid the number of nursing home deaths from the public. Early accounts of the meeting, indicate that Cuomo’s administration hid the numbers in order to avoid federal scrutiny. Later reports seem to indicate that Cuomo wanted the