As Media Cheered Cuomo's COVID Response, His Staff Was Busy Altering Nursing Home Report to Conceal Damning Death Toll


Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff reportedly rewrote a report to alter the number of nursing home deaths in the state.

The report from state health officials in June included that over 9,000 people had died in nursing homes, and aides took the figure out before it was made public, The New York Times reported.

A directive from the state government was partially attributed to the high death toll, as it put some coronavirus patients into nursing homes, citing low capacity in hospitals.

Removing the data from the report was just one of the many attempts by the Cuomo team in the early days of the pandemic to conceal data, according to The Times.

The actual death count was undercounted by thousands, but that detail was not revealed until an investigation was conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

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In addition to the nursing home scandal, Cuomo is facing three allegations of sexual harassment from former staffers.

At a news conference Wednesday, Cuomo attempted to apologize for his inappropriate behavior, and even blamed his Italian background for his actions.

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“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” Cuomo said, according to Fox News.

“I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it.”

While Cuomo confronted the sexual harassment accusations against him, he did not elaborate on his role in the nursing home controversy, which was an already well-developed story prior to Thursday night’s NYT report.

Any sensible person would think this double whammy would be enough for him to resign, however the governor has no plans to leave his position yet.

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Cuomo was elevated to martyrdom by the media for months because they viewed him as a perfect foil to former President Donald Trump.

A lot of conservatives who were following the governor closely during the pandemic knew that Cuomo’s dog and pony show was a ruse intended to raise his status as a political celebrity.

It is a good thing that the truth about Cuomo is being exposed. However, it is meaningless unless he is impeached or steps down.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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