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White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE called reports that aides to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo advisers altered COVID-19 nursing homes report: WSJ Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett says governor asked about previous sexual assault Cuomo accuser says she thought he was propositioning her MORE (D) rewrote a report to alter data on coronavirus nursing home deaths “troubling” and said the Biden administration would support an independent review of the matter.
“Obviously, they’re troubling and we certainly would support any outside investigation, but those wouldn’t be determined by us,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing Friday afternoon.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Cuomo aides altered a report last July by public health officials on nursing home deaths to include only those who died in nursing home facilities but leave out those who died in hospitals.
The final report said that 6,432 nursing home residents died of the virus, while the initial report put the figure at closer to 10,000 deaths. The New York Times also reported on the effort to alter the data in the report last year.
Cuomo officials said in response to the reports that there were concerns about the accuracy of the data and therefore the administration recommended against including data on deaths outside long-term care facilities.
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