New York State Attorney General Accuses Cuomo Of Fudging The Numbers, Claims Nursing Home Death Toll Is Actually Worse Than Reported

The New York State attorney general has made a blistering accusation claiming that the Cuomo administration has not correctly reported the number of actual deaths at state nursing homes as a result of the coronavirus. 

In a 76 page report released by the attorney general, Letitia James (D), a survey of nursing homes discovered “discrepancies between deaths reported tot he Attorney General’s investigates and the official tally released by the Health Department. 

“Preliminary data obtained by O.A.G. suggests that many nursing home residents died from Covid-19 in hospitals after being transferred from their nursing homes, which is not reflected in D.O.H.’s published total nursing home death data,” a summary of the report’s findings reads.

New report didn’t just hammer Cuomo it also pointed out that many nursing homes “failed to comply with critical infection control policies,” for example, the homes didn’t isolate resident after they tested positive and failed to screen employees appropriately. 

In one example, the Health Department showed one unnamed facility reported 11 confirmed coronavirus deaths from March through August. However, investigators discovered that there were actually 40 total deaths, 27 that occurred at the facility, and 13 in the hospital. 

Cuomo has been under fire for his nursing home policy that some say killed 5% of the total nursing home population in the state. 

Last summer the state’s Health Department released a report claiming that the policy halted outbreaks and it was the nurses and employees that caused the large amount of deaths. 

According to New York news outlets including the New York Times, the attorney generals office report could raise the Cuomo administration nursing home coronavirus death toll up as much as 50 percent. 

Conservative radio host, Dana Loesch responded to the report and wrote, “Normal people call this “lying.” Maybe he can write another book about it.”


New York Times