Cuomo Aides Altered Reports to Hide Nursing Home Death Toll

Headline Roundup March 5th, 2021

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.

Cuomo Aides Altered Reports to Hide Nursing Home Death Toll

From the Right

Top advisers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo influenced state health officials to remove data from a public report that showed coronavirus-related nursing-home deaths in the state had exceeded numbers previously acknowledged by the administration, a bombshell report says.

Details about the July report were disclosed Thursday night in a story first published by The Wall Street Journal.

The final report focused only on nursing-home residents who died inside those facilities and did not include nursing-home residents who were transferred to hospitals after becoming sick, the Journal reported.

That means...

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From the Center

Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday.

The aides, including the secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, pushed state health officials to edit the July report so only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital, were counted, the newspapers reported, citing documents and people with...

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From the Left

Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.

The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The extraordinary intervention, which came just...

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