Headline RoundupMarch 5th, 2021

Cuomo Aides Altered Reports to Hide Nursing Home Death Toll

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed health officials to hide the true COVID-19 death toll in state nursing homes, according to multiple reports published Thursday. The state's final report only included nursing-home residents who died inside those facilities, and didn't include infected residents who later died after being transferred to hospitals; reports say the actual nursing home death toll was roughly 50% higher than the administration said publicly. Last month, the governor accepted some blame for the lack of transparency about nursing home deaths, but also defended his administration's conduct. The news marks a progression in a series of controversies for Cuomo, who also stands accused of sexually harassing three women. The news was covered across the spectrum, but highlighted more prominently by right-rated outlets, many of which featured it as a top story on their website Friday. Some left-rated outlets, including the New York Times (Lean Left bias) featured the news atop their main news page; others, including CNN (Left) and NBC News (Lean Left), didn't feature the story on their homepage as of Friday morning.

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