Cuomo, New York Accused of Undercounting Nursing Home Deaths by 50%

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a disaster, but his incompetence may stretch beyond the level he has already shown. According to a 76-page report cited in the New York Times on Thursday, New York State Attorney General and fellow Democrat Letitia James has accused Cuomo and his administration of undercounting coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50%.

In simple terms, Cuomo’s administration is accused of hiding the correct estimate of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths by counting only the deaths that occurred in nursing homes and not the patients who died after being transferred from nursing homes to the hospital. If this allegation is correct, the current tally of 8,500 nursing home deaths is substantially undercounted.

Again, 50%.

“In one instance, an unnamed facility reported 11 confirmed and presumed deaths to the Health Department as happening on site through early August,” a summary of the report’s findings says. “The attorney general’s survey of that same facility, however, found 40 deaths, including 27 at the home and 13 in hospitals.”

Cuomo has bragged about his handling of the pandemic, when in reality, maybe only Gavin Newsom has handled it worse. In March 2020, the NY attorney general’s office set up a hotline to address a flow of incoming complaints regarding coronavirus-related neglect at nursing homes. James received more than 770 complaints through August 3, and another 179 complaints through November 16.

In addition, the investigation has found that some New York nursing homes failed to comply with infection control protocols, and therefore, per Axios, caused the following:

  • Facilities with lower staffing ratings had higher COVID-19 fatality rates.
  • Insufficient PPE and testing for nursing home staff put residents and staff at increased risk.
  • Owners of for-profit nursing homes had a financial incentive to increase their own profits instead of investing in more staff, PPE and other safety measures.

“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” James says.

“While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves and to spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

Cuomo’s office has not responded to requests for comment.

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who called out Cuomo’s inept handling of the nursing homes before anyone else, tweeted that Cuomo must finally answer for his poor leadership:


Under Cuomo’s lead, New York is a disaster right now, one that appears worse than we originally thought.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. bet this happened all over the country too. in blue states, they send people to nursing homes to collect votes. its how the numbers always seem to show democrats getting more popular votes.

    they use mentally incapacitated residents for their votes and then (as cuomo did) expose them to danger. i wonder how many dead people voted in nursing homes? bet its a lot.

  2. The seems to be recurring theme where many deaths have been classified as Covid related. The mainstream blared the deaths and positive tests as if they were in a race. We’ll have to see how fast the tone of reporting changes based on the revelations coming out of NY.

  3. Cuomo’s agent must have told him to write a book on leadership as the virus raged in NY to deflect that he killed so many nursing home individuals. This sick fuck has absolutely no shame, conscience, or remorse. By all accounts his father was a pretty good guy but he did he raise two complete assholes for sons.

  4. Don’t worry Andrew will speak with Chris on the CNN Cuomo Brothers Hour and he will tell funny stories about mom’s meatballs and sneaking Grappa from the liquor cabinet and it will all be a-okay. If that doesn’t work Andrew can always rely on the Democrats fallback “It’s Trump’s fault!!!!”

  5. No surprise here! Nothing will happen to Cuomo…..NOTHING. Next problem solved by the Dems will be the first….solving climate change……this will be the same as “shovel ready jobs”. You get what you deserve if you vote for the Dem clown show.

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