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Cuomo's explanations don't comfort New York families who lost loved ones in nursing homes to Covid-19

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As Ted Minissale watched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak for the first time Monday about the heightening controversy around nursing home Covid-19 deaths and claims of a cover-up, all he could think about was his mother.

Albany, New York (CNN)As Ted Minissale watched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak for the first time Monday about the heightening controversy around nursing home Covid-19 deaths and claims of a cover-up, all he could think about was his mother.

And in New York, Minissale, Bridgeford and Arbeeny are just three of the more than 15,000 long-term care facility residents confirmed and presumed to have died from Covid-19, according to the latest State Department of Health numbers.

Minissale has been outspoken about his frustration with the Cuomo administration's handling of the pandemic when it comes to nursing homes.

Arbeeny, a lifelong Democrat who voted for Cuomo, says "Democrats are on the wrong side of history with this issue" and vows to get to the bottom of why so many nursing home residents died in the state.

At issue for these families is an advisory issued last year on March 25, In it, Cuomo put into effect an order requiring nursing homes to accept patients transferred from hospitals who had previously tested positive for Covid-19, if the patients were deemed medically stable.

"He (Cuomo) was saying that we can't let (Covid-19) get into nursing homes, it'll go through (residents) like wildfire," Minissale said, referencing one of the governor's daily Covid-19 briefings, "and at the same time when he's telling you this, he's putting out a mandate . . .

Cuomo also said that recovering Covid-19 patients were transferred out of hospitals as soon as possible so they wouldn't contract a secondary infection, and that nursing homes could only accept the patients if they were able to care for them.

"Covid did not get into the nursing homes by people coming from hospitals," Cuomo said Monday.

To some families who lost loved ones to Covid-19 in nursing homes, the decision on how the data was released seemed an attempt to hide the true cost of Cuomo's actions, including the March 25 order.

Earlier this month, it was a New York Supreme Court judge's ruling in favor of Empire Center for Public Policy which pushed the state to deliver a true account of the number of Covid-19 deaths at nursing homes.

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