New York Gov. Cuomo’s Aides Doctored Nursing Home Death Data in July Report on COVID-19

HeadlineMar 05, 2021

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pressured state health officials to alter a July report in order to cover up the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. The report was edited to only count people who died inside nursing facilities, excluding those who got sick there and later died in hospitals, leaving out thousands of fatalities. The report was released as a response to criticism of Cuomo’s order in March 2020 barring nursing homes from rejecting recovering coronavirus patients that were discharged from hospitals, which some feared would further spread the virus. Last spring, Cuomo signed legislation shielding nursing home executives from lawsuits related to their handling of the pandemic.

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