PolitiFact Is Silent On 'Fact-Check' Backing Cuomo's Lethal Nursing Home Policy

PolitiFact Is Silent On 'Fact-Check' Backing Cuomo's Lethal Nursing Home Policy

According to CNN, Cuomo's administration "knowingly undercounted deaths among nursing home residents during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state". DeRosa said in a statement to ABC News that she was "explaining that when we received the DOJ inquiry, we needed to temporarily set aside the Legislature's request to deal with the federal request first".

Gov. Cuomo prefaced his Monday remarks by saying "I understand fully how hard it has been" this past year, pointing as well to the "toxic political environment" in which "everything gets politicized".

"Last August", Cuomo said, "DOJ sent a letter to Democratic governors, four of them, NY, NJ, MI, PA. asking for information on public nursing homes".

Cuomo criticized a "toxic political environment" during the pandemic, accusing his critics of engaging in "political spin" to attack his administration.

"The other thing was that [the Cuomo administration] was not following CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] guidance", she said. We voluntarily complied with the DOJ request for information. One percent. NY is 34 in nursing home deaths as a percentage of total deaths.

Cuomo mentioned that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance at the time advised states that the coronavirus patients leaving hospitals were not likely to be contagious and were to be "cohorted" in areas of nursing homes where they would be isolated from healthy residents.

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Under fire over his management of the coronavirus' lethal path through New York's nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn't cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.

Cuomo said "there was a delay", in reporting the data, and that void led to "skepticism, cynicism and conspiracy theories which furthered confusion" in a news briefing held in Albany on Monday, Feb. 15.

"All the deaths in the nursing homes and in the hospitals were always fully publicly and accurately reported", Cuomo claimed.

"Gov. Cuomo's failure to apologize this afternoon was a shocking slap in the face to the New Yorkers who have lost loved ones to COVID-19", Ortt said.

Cuomo said his team "made a mistake in creating the void" that "allowed press, people, cynics, politicians to fill the void". "In retrospect, we should have prioritized providing more information".

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