Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Wednesday that he took “responsibility” for every New Yorker who has died throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the continued impact of the pandemic and how New York was handling outbreaks going forward. (RELATED: Meghan McCain Challenges Brian Stelter On Cuomo Brothers’ ‘Comedy Routine’ — He Ignores It)
Jonathan Lemire was the first to mention nursing homes and the large spike in cases and deaths that may have resulted from a March 25 order barring them from denying entry to patients with positive COVID tests.
“There’s been a criticism from the early days of the pandemic about the state policy that sent patients who had been infected back into nursing homes, certainly the president has been extremely critical of that position. Could you walk through your thinking as to why that happened and would you do so again if, indeed, we saw another outbreak now?” Lemire asked.
Cuomo responded by saying that by comparison, the percentage of deaths in New York nursing homes was lower than that of other states. He also noted that New York had always had more hospital beds