NEW YORK, February 16 – RIA Novosti. New York State authorities have always and fully reported all coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.
Earlier, Politico reported that Republicans in the New York State Legislature had demanded Cuomo's resignation over reports that he had allegedly obstructed the release of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. “New York State Department of Health has always and fully reported publicly all COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes and hospitals, “Cuomo said. According to him, the information was always communicated exactly.
He recalled that nursing homes are the most vulnerable category of the population. “Across the country, 36% of coronavirus deaths occur in nursing homes,” the governor said. New York, he said, ranks 34th out of 50 states in terms of the percentage of deaths in nursing homes to total deaths.
“If you look at the mortality rate in nursing homes in general in the spring and during the second outbreak in the fall and winter, the mortality rate is the same,” he said.
The governor assured that everything possible was done to save people.
Cuomo noted that the state should have provided as much information as possible as soon as possible. He stressed that the lack of information was used by the media and political opponents. The delay in publishing the information gave rise to the spread of skepticism, conspiracy theories, which “deepened the delusion.”
Earlier, the New York Post reported that Cuomo's senior aide Melissa DeRosa, during a video conference, apologized to state Democratic leaders for withholding information about deaths in connection with COVID-19 in nursing homes. She said the Cuomo administration rejected a request from lawmakers for statistics on COVID-19 last August, as former US President Donald Trump attacked Democratic governors “at about the same time” due to high fatality rates in nursing homes and issued an instruction the Ministry of Justice to carry out appropriate checks. At the same time, as the Politico edition recalls, Cuomo's March directive urging nursing homes to accept patients with a positive test for COVID-19 was severely criticized and was regarded by some as the cause of high mortality in these institutions.
During the first wave of coronavirus in the United States, which occurred in the spring, New York was the center of the epidemic. On the worst days in New York State, more than 700 people died a day, more than 3 thousand were hospitalized.