New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide admitted the state’s top office purposefully hid the nursing home COVID-19 death toll out of fear of a federal investigation, The New York Post reported on Thursday evening.
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa confessed the coverup in a virtual meeting with state Democrat leaders, claiming Cuomo’s administration “froze” when they discovered the potential of a federal investigation and prosecution into their controversial and deadly COVID-19 policy. That policy sent more than 9,000 elderly patients recovering from the virus back to their care facilities from hospitals, many while still contagious.
The order, which extended for more than a month, led to the infection of thousands of vulnerable people in close quarters with contagious co-residents. These thousands of nursing home infections and deaths were concerning to the families of the patients such as Fox News’s Janice Dean, who repeatedly questioned and demanded answers about the state’s policy to count only COVID-19 deaths that occurred at the care facilities and ignore the deaths of residents who contracted the virus in their nursing home but later died in the hospital.
DeRosa further attempted to justify the state’s actions in denying the state legislature information about the nursing home policy in question in August by blaming former President Donald Trump, who she claims “turn[ed] this into a giant political football.”