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New York Gov. Cuomo says he should have been more aggressive against Covid death 'misinformation' and announces nursing home reform initiative

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he should have been more "aggressive" in calling out reporters and politicians for "lying" about his handling of Covid-19 deaths among long-term care residents.

(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he should have been more "aggressive" in calling out reporters and politicians for "lying" about his handling of Covid-19 deaths among long-term care residents.

Residents of long-term care facilities account for more than 15,000 confirmed and presumed Covid-19 deaths in New York since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.

Total deaths were always reported for nursing homes and hospitals," Cuomo said.

The governor did not address the news reported by CNN earlier this week that the US attorney's office in Brooklyn, along with the FBI, is scrutinizing the handling of some of the data surrounding Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities in New York.

Cuomo doubled down Friday on his defense of the state administration's handling of public data on Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, reiterating points he's made previously about prioritizing a Department of Justice inquiry over a state legislative request for similar information.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, in what appeared to be a pre-written speech, recounted the department's handling of Covid-19 spread last March.

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