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Did New York undercount nursing home deaths by 50%?

We have all heard reports of how New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent people with COVID back to nursing homes and the people most vulnerable to the virus READ: Nursing homes can’t reject patients just over coronavirus, state says AND: More than 6,300 COVID-19 patients were sent into New York nursing homes, state report reveals

According to New York’s official count, 8,700 people died of COVID in nursing homes. However, new information reveals that the number could be upwards of 50% higher. It seems if a person caught COVID in a nursing home and died in a hospital, it was not considered a nursing home death.

The Blaze explains:

New York state Democratic Attorney General Letitia James accused the Cuomo administration of severely undercounting the number of coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes in the state by as much as 50% in a scathing new report released Thursday. POLL: Have you gotten the COVID-19 vaccine yet?

In the report, James determined much of the misrepresentation was due to the state counting only deaths that occurred at the actual nursing home facilities rather than including deaths that occurred at a hospital after a resident was transferred there to receive more medical care.

During the investigation, which surveyed 62 nursing homes across the state, James’ office reportedly found “consistent discrepancies between deaths reported to the attorney general’s investigators and those officially released by the Health Department,” the New York Times noted in its coverage of the matter.

READ: NY attorney general reveals Cuomo administration undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths by 50% AND New York AG: Cuomo Administration ‘Undercounted’ Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths

When thousands of people started dying in New York nursing homes from COVID, it appears New York tried to hide the fact that Cuomo had issued the order. READ: NY state website deletes Gov. Cuomo’s order forcing nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients

Finally, someone is berating the mainstream media for how it has treated Gov Andrew Cuomo with silk gloves on his botched handling of the COVID crisis.

Fox News explains:

Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake blasted members of the mainstream media who “couldn’t stop swooning” over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., amid his nursing home scandal. 

Throughout much of the pandemic, Cuomo benefited from glowing media coverage over his response to the coronavirus outbreak despite the growing controversy surrounding his ill-fated nursing home policy last spring. The policy required assisted living facilities to accept COVID-positive patients in order to not overcrowd hospitals, which for months received little to no scrutiny. 

READ: Bloomberg columnist rips media for being ‘conned’ by Cuomo: Shame on journalists who ‘couldn’t stop swooning’

But the mainstream media is not alone. Gov Cuomo even won an award for his handling of the COVID crisis. READAndrew Cuomo Wins Ted Kennedy Award For Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic After Policies Killed Thousands In Nursing Homes

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