Sorting Out How Politics, Policies Figure in Flap Over New York Nursing Home Covid Death Rates

The plaudits have faded for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once hailed as a paragon of pandemic governing, he’s since come under scorching criticism for undercounting the state’s covid deaths among nursing home residents by as much as half. The tallying flap drew attention to another misstep: a policy last March that directed nursing homes to accept covid-positive patients from hospitals, potentially exposing high-risk, medically vulnerable nursing home residents to the deadly virus. Did the governor intentionally fudge nursing home death counts to deflect attention from the impact of an ill-advi…

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