New York Gov. Kathy Hochul promised that when she took over for Gov. Andrew Cuomo who resigned due to sexual harassment allegations, she made a promise that her administration would be far more transparent than the previous one.
And it seems she’s living up to that promise already. At least for now.
Hochul’s administration revealed, on her first day in office, that there were 12,000 more deaths in the state due to COVID-19 than had been publicized her predecessor.
This is definitely not a good look for Cuomo. How can people look at this guy and not think he is the most corrupt governor in the country. Well, maybe not the most corrupt. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan is still in office too.
New York now reports nearly 55,400 people have died of COVID-19 in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the CDC, up from about 43,400 that Gov. Cuomo had reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office.
“We’re now releasing more data than had been released before publicly, so people know the nursing home deaths and the hospital deaths are consistent with what’s being displayed by the CDC,” Hochul went on to say while chatting Wednesday on MSNBC. “There’s a lot of things that weren’t happening and I’m going to make them happen. Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”
The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the fatality numbers publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The count used by Cuomo in his news media briefings only included laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported through a state system that collects data from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities. That meant the tally excluded people who died at home, hospice, in state prisons or at state-run homes for people living with disabilities. It also excluded people who likely died of COVID-19 but never got a positive test to confirm the diagnosis.
That lower number favored by the Cuomo administration still appeared in the daily update put out by Hochul’s office Tuesday, but with an explanation about why it was an incomplete count.
“There are presumed and confirmed deaths. People should know both,” Hochul stated during a discussion on Wednesday morning on NPR. “Also, as of yesterday, we’re using CDC numbers, which will be consistent. And so there’s no opportunity for us to mask those numbers, nor do I want to mask those numbers. The public deserves a clear, honest picture of what’s happening. And that’s whether it’s good or bad, they need to know the truth. And that’s how we restore confidence.”
Folks have been saying that Cuomo was manipulating COVID stats in order to boost his public image during the pandemic for a long, long time. It looks like there’s absolute proof that is indeed the truth.
“Federal prosecutors previously launched a probe examining his administration’s handling of data around deaths among nursing home patients. The state, under Cuomo, had minimized its toll of nursing home residents’ deaths by excluding all patients who died after being transferred to hospitals,” the Newsmax report said.
The former New York governor used the lower numbers to make the erroneous claim that his state was seeing a much smaller percentage of nursing home deaths than other states in the country.
This man should be tossed in prison and the key flushed down the toilet. We need justice for the families who lost loved ones because of Cuomo’s poor decision making.