Rep. Stefanik Calls for DOJ Probe of NY Gov. Cuomo's COVID Actions

Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing on Monday February 15 in Albany New York

The article also claims that while Cuomo urged the return of recovering patients to their respective care facilities, "state and federal rules didn't force nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients, but many of them believed they had no other choice".

On the subject of patients being moved back to nursing homes after being treated in hospitals, Cuomo said that "On March 23, the Center for Disease Control, CDC, put out guidance for people sending people from hospitals back to nursing homes".

"I mean, it doesn't work that way - so I understand fully how hard it has been and I want to make sure people have all the facts, the facts, the information".

"This past year, there is a toxic political environment, and everything gets politicized".

"Executive powers have nothing to do with nursing homes and the legislature can overturn executive measures", Cuomo said during his news conference. We told both houses, the Assembly and the Senate, that we had a DOJ request for information and we were prioritizing that. One percent. NY is 34 in nursing home deaths as a percentage of total deaths. Covid may have been brought into a nursing home because visitors brought it in and didn't know they were contagious, because the guidance was "you can only be contagious if you have symptoms"...

The Cuomo presser began with the governor talking about current COVID-19 positivity rates across the five boroughs, then shifted to saying that "New York was ground zero for COVID" and that "nursing homes were and still are ground zero".

The governor said that of 613 NY nursing homes, 365 received a person from a hospital.

"The DOH has always fully and publicly reported all COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes and hospitals", Cuomo said.

Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa said so on a call last week with Democratic state legislators.

"He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes", she said.

"This is not about politics, but people's lives", she said.

He said that a "void' was created by own administration's failure to provide information in timely manner, allowing "conspiracy theories" and "disinformation" to fill the void and create a narrative". "The truth is you had the best medical professionals and advice on the globe". In my opinion, yes, and I think that's what created the void.

For this, Cuomo said, there were "no excuses" and he took responsibility for it, noting that he is "in charge".

"If there's nothing to hide, why didn't they hand over the information when we asked for it?"

The Governor seems incapable of comprehending that it was his Administration at fault, and nobody else.

"This is a pathetic response coming from a man who had the time to publish and promote a book about his pandemic response while New Yorkers clamored for the truth".

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