New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to say that the criticism he has been getting for nursing home coronavirus deaths is just his adversaries playing politics, yet still won’t answer straightforward if senior centers in his state are safe now.
The governor was slammed by critics for ordering nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients who were leaving hospitals, putting them in close proximity to the elderly – the demographic most vulnerable to COVID-19.
WSJ ed. board: Cuomo responsible for “single worst public-policy mistake of this pandemic: His order requiring nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients from hospitals…[which] let the virus rampage through institutions w/ the most vulnerable populations” https://t.co/8vrszNTnsl
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) June 27, 2020
Governor Cuomo keeps dodging the question regarding his early directive on COVID-19 patients and nursing homes
NBC News’ Chuck Todd asked Cuomo about this on Sunday, and Cuomo basically dodged the question.
“I’ve taken political heat, OK. There’s facts and then there’s politics,” Cuomo said on “Meet the Press.”
The governor then said the COVID-19 nursing home cases happened because “staff that got infected and brought it in,” rather than patients infecting other patients.
So Cuomo, whose state by far had the highest COVID deaths, who actually sent infected patients to nursing homes, murdering thousands, has the nerve to attack DeSantis for "playing politics" with Coronavirus?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) June 25, 2020
When Todd asked if the nursing homes were safe, Cuomo dodged the question again, warning that senior citizens “have to be careful” anywhere they reside.
“They are as safe – well, in this state we’re testing every week every nursing home employee,” Cuomo said. “So you could argue that they are safer than a senior citizen at home who is receiving care at home. The safest environment? My mother? Stay home, don’t see anyone.”
“If you are at home and you have an aide coming in, that aide is not tested,” he continued. “In a nursing home, the staff is being tested once a week. And seniors do have to be careful, wherever they are.”
Just like Cuomo, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer forced COVID patients into nursing homes—killing thousands.
We don't even know how bad it really is because she's still covering up data.@RepWalberg and I won't stop fighting for answers.
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— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 28, 2020
Cuomo touts New York’s current low cases, while other states are seeing an increase in coronavirus patients
Cuomo touted New York’s decrease in coronavirus cases as other states spike. The governor also said the federal government was “in denial about the problem” and criticized them telling state officials, basically, “You’re on your own.”
Governor Cuomo said his state figured it out for themselves with great success, dismissing the CDC’s guidelines as “vague.”
“I don’t even know what they meant,” he added, referring to the CDC’s advice.