“….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,” new Governor Kathy Hochul said in an interview.
It’s been a rather remarkable – and long overdue – fall from grace over the past few months for ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a former Democrat/media/entertainment industry darling who was once floated as a future presidential contender and celebrity dating/reality show contestant.
He resigned from his coveted job in disgrace earlier this month after being credibly accused of sexually harassing multiple women and retaliating against at least one of them, per New York state Attorney General Tish James, who is also a Democrat.
One of his accusers has filed a criminal complaint against him, alleging that he fondled one of her breasts.
The US Attorney Office’s and FBI’s respective criminal investigations into Cuomo and his senior staff members over the nursing home scandal are still ongoing. The New York State Assembly is still conducting its own investigation into allegations against Cuomo, including looking into his administration’s admitted deliberate hiding of numbers that didn’t reveal the true extent of how many had died in nursing homes and assisted living facilities after he put his deadly nursing home order in place on March 25, 2020, forcing such facilities to accept COVID-positive patients.
On Tuesday, he was stripped of his precious Emmy award, which was given to him for the supposedly magnificent job he did in managing the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in his state.
But if he was thinking his worst days were over, he was wrong. Very wrong.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul added insult to injury for Cuomo this week by announcing she was adding 12,000 deaths to the COVID death count for the state:
On Monday, his last day in office, outgoing embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reported about 43,400 COVID-19 deaths across the state.
But late Tuesday, Hochul’s administration said the state reported 55,400 fatalities, based on death certificate data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cuomo relied on a reporting system that only collected data for laboratory-confirmed deaths at hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities. It did not include people who died at home, in state prisons or in hospice care. It also did not count people with probable cases.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledges nearly 12,000 more COVID-19 fatalities in NY than publicized by Cuomo administration.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 25, 2021
Considering all the COVID lies that stacked up under Cuomo, Hochul talked about the need for transparency with the numbers during an interview she did Wednesday with NPR:
“There are presumed and confirmed deaths. People should know both,” Hochul said. “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. That’s whether it’s good or bad.”
In a report that described Hochul’s actions as “delivering another blow to what’s left of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legacy,” the Associated Press noted that the higher numbers were previously known but were not acknowledged by Cuomo during his time in office:
The higher number is not entirely new. Federal health officials and some academic institutions tracking COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been using the higher tally for many months because of known gaps in the data Cuomo had been choosing to publicize.
While it’s unclear what the future holds for Cuomo, whether it be him sitting in a courtroom or contemplating his past actions while in a prison cell, one thing that is clear is this:
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 25, 2021
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