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Cuomo's advisers covered up high nursing home death tolls by pushing NY health officials to alter reports

Added 03-05-21 12:14:07am EST - “New reports suggest Gov. Cuomo's advisers clashed with state health officials and tried to hide the death toll for months.” - Businessinsider.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Cuomo's advisers covered up high nursing home death tolls by pushing NY health officials to alter reports”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers pressed state health officials to change a report last summer to hide the true count of COVID-19-related deaths at nursing homes, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

The report, compiled by the New York State Health Department, was released in July and looked at virus transmission in nursing homes. It was a response to criticism the state received over a March 25 directive that said people could not be denied access to nursing homes based on a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Sources told The Journal the report initially included data on COVID-19 deaths that occurred in nursing homes, as well as those that occurred at hospitals after a person became infected at a nursing home. However, Cuomo's top advisers successfully pushed state officials to leave out the hospital deaths.

According to the New York Times, Cuomo's most senior aides rewrote the report, resulting in a tense confrontation with health officials that led to top-level departures from the Health Department.

The result was a significant undercounting of nursing home deaths, known to officials as early as July of last year. The report counted a total of 6,432 nursing home deaths, The Journal reported. The number is now higher than 15,000.


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