Gov. Cuomo Under Pressure After Top Aide Said in Conference Call that Nursing Home Death Numbers Under-Reported, Hidden from Feds

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, reacts to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aide admitting they covered up nursing home data and the impeachment trial on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’ YouTube Tips ⓘ

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Secretary Melissa DeRosa told lawmakers in a private conference call meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 that the state had been concerned about a Department of Justice preliminary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes. On the private call DeRosa said the administration essentially “froze” because it wasn’t sure what information it was going to turn over to the DOJ, and didn’t want whatever was told the lawmakers in response to the state joint committee hearing inquiries to be used against it in any way.




The New York Cuomo Administration was also concerned with the attention from then President Donald Trump, who was tweeting about Cuomo and other Democratic governors’ handling of the nursing homes, a newly released transcript of the call shows.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide said the state administration delayed the release of data on COVID-19 deaths of long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, a transcript of the call shows. The data that was made public recently revealed thousands more confirmed, and presumed, COVID-19 deaths of long-term care facility residents than previously disclosed.




New York only counted COVID-19 deaths that occurred inside nursing homes, but many of the patients died in hospitals after being transferred from their nursing homes. Officials weren’t counting patients that contracted COVID-19 in nursing homes. One nursing home undercounted COVID-19 deaths by as many as 29 deaths. The death report is believed to have been cut by about 50 percent.

Cuomo claimed that no nursing homes were forced to accept COVID-19 patients. However, 6300 patients were admitted to 310 nursing homes in New York. However, other statements from health care professionals have claimed that nursing homes were forced to accept COVID-19 patients — even while the US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort sat nearly empty at New York City Pier 90 on the Hudson River.

An apology followed the release of a report in late January 2021 from state Attorney General Letitia James, noting that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) undercounted COVID-19 deaths among residents of nursing homes by approximately 50%.




Outstanding inquiries from state lawmakers were also addressed at the conference call meeting, according to the New York Post source, who participated in the call, after an August 3, 2020 joint committee hearing on COVID-19 residential health care facilities. Lawmakers had demanded a full transparency on the COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes.

Key figures in the state’s COVID-19 response participated in Wednesday’s conference call meeting with state Senate and Assembly committee members, including New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, budget director Robert Mujica, COVID-19 Task Force member Gareth Rhodes and DeRosa, according to the New York Post source.

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who suffered the loss of both of her husband’s parents, reacts to revelation from the New York Post that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration covered up data on COVID-19 and nursing home deaths. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19, weighs in on New York Post story on Cuomo aide admitting to nursing home cover-up. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY, on Gov. Cuomo’s aide admitting to fellow Democrat lawmakers that she under-reported nursing home deaths and the debate over $15 minimum wage in the COVID bill (Fox Business). YouTube Tips ⓘ

First Reported by New York Post …

Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa admits they hid nursing home data so feds wouldn’t find out

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