Ahh, that explains everything. According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is taking flak over his disastrous nursing home policy, it’s not his fault. Yes, at least 5,400 elderly New Yorkers died after COVID-19 patients were sent in compliance with a state law back to the nursing homes, which then became hotbeds for the virus. But they would have died of the virus “despite whatever you do,” he now maintains.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
“Older people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do”pic.twitter.com/h3mGsWB1rd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 17, 2020
Cuomo, who won the admiration of the Left for his one-of-a-kind(?) daily press briefings on the pandemic, was riding high until the first week of May, when 1,700 previously undisclosed nursing deaths in New York were reported by the Associated Press. Two days ago, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) admitted that an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in nursing home and adult care facilities had been omitted following a change in reporting rules.
Now that he is on the defensive, Cuomo is likely to be re-asked questions he previously shrugged off. Such as why COVID-19 patients in New York City weren’t sent to the nearly empty USNS Comfort instead of being returned to their nursing homes. Or why when informed that many of the facilities he was requiring to accept COVID patients were experiencing shortages in personal protective equipment, his curt reply was that’s “not our job.”