The true death toll in New York’s nursing homes is being manipulated and hidden by Governor Cuomo (op-ed)

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NEW YORK – New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, which is already one of highest in the nation, may actually be a huge undercount. New York is reportedly only counting residents who died on nursing home property and not those who died in hospitals.

That omission will probably add thousands to the state’s official nursing home death toll of just over 6,600.

The office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to report the figure, leading to speculation New York is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing better than other states.

Fox News Meteorologist, Janice Dean, who lost both of her in-laws to Covid-19 was, at first, told she would be able to testify at Monday’s nursing home hearings, but was quickly omitted from the list.

She places the blame for the high mortality numbers squarely on the shoulders of Governor Cuomo’s policies.

“I have not seen the coverage of this … ,” an emotional Dean said on Tucker Carlson’s show. “Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes … because Governor Cuomo and several other governors forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes.”

And now it appears that Cuomo’s office is “fudging” the numbers to make him appear less culpable.

The Associated Press reports that Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx reports just four deaths in its 146-bed facility.  The truth is much worse – 21 died, and most were transported to hospitals before they died.

“It was a cascading effect,” administrator Emil Fuzayov said. “One after the other.”

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On August 3rd, there was a “Cuomo’s got to go” rally at Academy Park in Albany, NY.  This day was selected because a hearing was scheduled at New York State legislature g to investigate Andrew Cuomo’s decision to force nursing homes to accept Covid19 patients from hospitals.

Speakers at the rally included former Navy Seal Jonathan Gillum and myriad people who have been personally affected by Cuomo’s botched policies, including Traci Belmonte, who’s father was killed by Covid-19.

Traci, who has been removed from Twitter, now posts on Parlar under the handle @realpoltidiva

Her frustration at the handling of the crisis and the appearance of blatant malfeasance is evidenced in her posts.

Citing a New York Post Report, organizers of the rally quoted the headline:

“New York’s nursing home horrors are even worse than you think”

At the August 3rd hearing, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat said,:

“That’s a problem, bro,”  telling New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker during a legislative hearing on nursing homes earlier this month. “It seems, sir, that in this case you are choosing to define it differently so that you can look better.”

Additionally, surveys are showing 21,000 nursing home beds are empty this year, 13,000 more than expected.

That is almost double the official state nursing home death tally. While some of that increase is probably due to fewer new admissions and people pulling family members out, it shows that many others who aren’t there anymore died.

Meanwhile, as the bodies pile up around him, Cuomo cries “it’s all political!”

As Janice Dean has said, “these are people, not just number on a curve.

The New York Post interviewed Jill Sawyer, whose father lived at a nursing home.  She remembers getting notified.

“It was just a death sentence,” said Sawyer.

The virus raced through the nursing home, killing Sawyer’s father and 25 other residents.

“My father was only 70 years old,” Sawyer said, and he was still “shuffling around and calling me 20 times a day.”

Now, she says the phone doesn’t ring and she misses that.

COVID-19 has killed at least 11,000 to 12,000 nursing-home and assisted-living residents in New York.   That is almost double the number that the Cuomo administration has admitted to.

A hugely-criticized health department regulation issued on March 25 required all nursing homes to readmit residents who tested positive for the coronavirus.  Cuomo blamed that on the Federal Government (somehow) and then back tracked the regulation, but not before the grim reaping Covid had been released on New York’s most vulnerable population.

Cuomo’s dancing around the numbers is only making this disaster harder on the families of those lost or permanently disabled due to his policy failures.

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In addition to “fudging” the numbers the Cuomo administration decided to “fine” the workers who came to New York to help stem the break out.  As editorialized in Law Enforcement Today  in May, the administration decided to levy an income tax on those workers.

Cuomo’s total disregard for, well just about everyone except himself, are fairly evident in all of his actions.  Hopefully, he will be held accountable.

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