PolitiFact Editor-In-Chief Angie Drobnic Holan defended New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadly policy that sent patients infected with COVID-19 back to long-term care facilities, instead blaming the disproportionate numbers of virus deaths in those facilities on their employees.
“I think the situation in New York is really complicated,” Holan told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday. “Certainly there are things to criticize about how the former administration handled data, but the heart of the matter goes back to last year when the state was asking nursing homes to take in patients, COVID patients, who are ready to be discharged from the hospital. We don’t see hard evidence that that made a significant difference in COVID deaths.”
In addition to denying the New York attorney general’s report detailing how Cuomo, his administration, and the state’s Health Department severely undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes and the coverup of these actions as admitted by his top aide, Holan also