There seems to be a bit of a scandal brewing in New York State, courtesy of a shocking admission by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide who admitted that their administration “froze” back in August when they were asked for info about COVID-19 deaths among nursing home patients.
But wait there’s more. The aide then said they hid the information from investigators out of fear that the data would be used against them in a DOJ investigation.
The confession was made during a conference call with Democrats in New York state, and the New York Post was able to access the call.
The aide is 38-year old Melissa DeRosa, and the Post reported she told lawmakers: “We were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”
The Associated Press broke a story with new details into how many patients in New York who were recovering from COVID were placed back in nursing homes. Their report said over 9,000 were readmitted, which is 40% higher than what the state said the number was.
Back on March 25, Cuomo issued the order for nursing homes to readmit patients who tested positive for COVID. At the time, the governor said it was because of concerns about space in hospitals, while the real danger was putting elderly people who had tested positive in a position to quickly spread the disease. On May 10, Cuomo flipped and barred nursing homes from accepting patients with positive tests.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., siad the Department of Justice needs to investigate this immediately.
“The families of thousands of dead New York seniors deserve accountability and justice for the true consequences of Governor Cuomo’s fatally flawed nursing home policy and the continued attempts to cover it up. It’s clear what’s happening here is criminal.”
Cuomo is even being attacked by fellow Dems. “In a pandemic, when you want the public to trust the public health officials, and there is this clear feeling that they’re not…being forthcoming with you, that is really hard,” state Sen. Rachel May said.