According to an article in the New York Post, an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo admitted the government purposefully hid the actual number of people dying from COVID in nursing homes in order to stop possible investigations.
Gov. Cuomo had ordered nursing homes to take back people still infected with COVID. READ: More than 6,300 COVID-19 patients were sent into New York nursing homes, state report reveals
Breitbart explains what the aide said:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) top aide admitted that her team withheld the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes to shield the Cuomo government from federal investigation and political scrutiny.
The New York Post reported on Thursday that Melissa DeRosa, New York’s secretary to the governor, apologized to Democrat state legislators for “political” damage caused by the Cuomo government’s suppression of information related to nursing home COVID-19 deaths.
In a recorded call with state Democrat lawmakers, DeRosa said Cuomo’s team feared a federal investigation in the context of former President Donald Trump’s highlighting of coronavirus-related deaths in New York’s nursing homes. This fear motivated Cuomo’s government to suppress the statistics against requests for such information from the state’s government and citizens’ organizations.
While Cuomo ordered nursing homes to take in people infected with COVID, field hospitals set up specifically to handle COVID patients sat empty including some in New York State. READ: U.S. Field Hospitals Stand Down, Most Without Treating Any COVID-19 Patients and Most field hospitals in $660 million project treated ZERO coronavirus patients
However, this did not prevent Gov. Cuomo from receiving an award for his handling of the COVID crisis READ: Andrew Cuomo Wins Ted Kennedy Award For Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic After Policies Killed Thousands In Nursing Homes or writing a book about his heroic achievements. READ: Gov. Cuomo roasted for announcing book on COVID response: ‘Downright ghastly’
For the record, New York was not the only state to require nursing homes to take back COVID patients: