Cuomo Faces Intensifying Accusations Of Covering Up COVID-19 Nursing Home Death Toll
ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York Government. Andrew Cuomo wrote a book on COVID-19 crisis management. He now sharply accuses them of covering up the actual death of the epidemic on nursing home residents, attacks that directly challenge her reputation for shooting ability and tarnish her political future.
State lawmakers called for an investigation, stripped Cuomo of his emergency powers and even his resignation following new details about why some nursing home data was kept in wraps for months, by lawmakers and Despite other people’s requests.
Top collaborator Melissa Derasa The MPs said the data was delayed as officials worried This information was “used against us” by the Trump administration’s Justice Department.
The new salaries of Republicans and Cuomo’s fellow Democrats mark a strange change from the early days of the epidemic, when Cuomo’s daily briefing helped solidify the national reputation for leadership. The briefing, in which he promised to give “just the facts”, won it International amy And helped to advance his book “American Crisis”.
He said, “He stepped into it, a little too much. It would be bad enough if it had come to the fore and he had not come to celebrate in public, and had been observed to deal with the epidemic,” of Aina College Professor of Political Science, Jean Zano said. “But put it aside, it is nothing more serious than this. You are talking about the death of 15,000 people. “
Kumo administration for months dramatically Statewide number of COVID-19 deaths underestimated Among long-term care residents. It is now about 15,000, with 8,500 previously disclosed.
The new toll amounts to nearly one-seventh of the nearly 90,000 people living in nursing homes in New York by 2019, one of the most caring domestic residents in the country.
Cuomo has pointed to a small but growing body of research suggesting uncontrolled community proliferation, which is the biggest factor in nursing home outbreaks, and has said that inadequate federal government with travel restrictions, testing and protective gear Help New York City and its suburbs is particularly vulnerable.
He has dismissed the criticism as political and mentioned that thousands of nursing home residents in hospitals had always died in the state’s overall rally.
“Died in a hospital, died in a nursing home – they died,” he said on 29 January.
Zeno said the uproar may not have as much of an impact on third-term Democrats as it does on the first-ever election this year. But it could make him less likely to be tapped for a position in the Biden administration.
And Cuomo – who says he will run again in 2022 – is now facing criticism that is increasingly coming from members of his own party.
“The administration’s lack of governors and their work is unacceptable about the administration’s nursing home actions,” said John Senion, one of the 14 Democratic state senators, who on Friday said Cuomo’s expanded emergency powers were revoked as soon as possible should go.”
The high death tolls were split only for hours after a report by Democratic State Attorney General Letitia James late last month investigating the administration’s failure to include nursing home residents who died in hospitals. Updated numbers returned The conclusion An Associated Press investigation last year concluded that thousands of people may have died in the state.
Advocates and relatives of nursing home residents have questioned whether the virus was transmitted to nursing homes by a March 25 state directive that prevented facilities from refusing people because they had COVID-19. The purpose of the directive was to free up space in rapidly filling hospitals.
Debra Diehl, 62, who gave COVID-19 to her 85-year-old father, Reeves Hoopman, in a nursing home outside Albany in May, wants to know why Cuomo and the state did not do so to separate individual residents is? There was the virus, perhaps by being put in area hospitals.
“Those people were coming up, sent here from the hospitals below,” Diehl said. “It just looked like typhoid marys, just spreading it further. He didn’t know what he was doing, or he didn’t care. “
In May, in response to a request for freedom of information from the AP by the state health department Issued records This week showed that more than 9,000 healthy patients with coronovirus in New York were released into nursing homes from March 25 to May 10, when Cuomo issued the directive.
The state released a report stating that patients do not induce the transmission of the virus to nursing homes, although it There is no denying whether the directive played any role.
Cuomo stated that the facilities had the responsibility to accept only those patients they could care for. State health inspectors have revealed infection control violations in dozens of nursing homes amid the epidemic and fined at least $ 1 million.
Nevertheless, DeRosa has estimated that residents of New York nursing homes represent 40% of their lives this winter. Since December 1, there have been more than 10,000 deaths in New York.
The disclosure of Derasa’s comments this week in a conference call with Democratic lawmakers inevitably brought the months of complaints to a boiling point.
He said that the state is “wrong” in response to lawmakers in the state making an August request for the number of nursing home residents who died in hospitals, as officials were also responding to Justice Department investigations and said “We Let’s start saying it was going to be used against us, and we were not sure that an investigation was going to happen. “
Derasa released a statement on Friday, saying the state was slow to respond to lawmakers because it was working with the Department of Justice, and then with the resurgence and vaccination of the virus in the autumn. The governor’s office declined to comment further.
“It’s trying to whitewash the information, imprinted them,” said Sen. Rachel May, one of the 14 Democrats who made the call to save Cuomo’s emergency powers.
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ort said Kyomo needed to “demand the immediate resignation of someone involved in this cover-up, and if he was aware, he should be removed from office.”
Criticism may resume as it fits with a common complaint that to the best of their ability, Cuomo’s controlled nature may reduce their effectiveness.
Cuomo rejects that idea, writing in his book: “You show me a person who is not controlling, and I will show you a person who is probably not highly successful.”
For Fordham University political scientist Christina Greer, the recently revealed “call in question: Can we trust news coming out of the governor’s office? Not just out of nursing homes, but can we make it about schools?” Can we trust it, can we trust it about prisons, can we trust it about other communities?
“It certainly casts a bad shadow on the administration,” she said.
Peltz reported from New York.
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