Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll

March 5, 2021 ☼ cuomopandemicnursing-homes

Source: The New York Times - Link

Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.

The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The extraordinary intervention, which came just as Mr. Cuomo was starting to write a book on his pandemic achievements, was the earliest act yet known in what critics have called a monthslong effort by the governor and his aides to obscure the full scope of nursing home deaths.

Apparently Whitmer is being accused of doing the same thing in Michigan. It’s a bad look if true and their should be consequences. Still, it doesn’t compare to much of the GOP actively ignoring consequences or hiding stats, for example, in Texas, Florida, and South Dakota.