(LibertySociety.com) – New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report at the end of January suggesting that the Cuomo Administration under-counted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%. Since then, the situation has escalated into a full-blown scandal. Reportedly, federal law enforcement is now investigating him over the actions his administration took regarding nursing homes.
In March 2020, Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit coronavirus-positive patients. He later rescinded the order, but it was too late. He was recently accused of not reporting the actual number of deaths related to the facilities. His aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted the state held information back to avoid scrutiny.
Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for an investigation and for Cuomo to step down. Both the FBI and the US Attorney for the Eastern District of NY are looking into the matter, according to February 17 reports.
The FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are investigating Gov. Cuomo's coronavirus task force with a particular focus on his administration's handling of nursing homes early in the coronavirus pandemic, two sources familiar with the matter told @ABC. https://t.co/fr4fJxcVM0
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 18, 2021
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world was trying to figure out the best way to handle it, and NY was one of the hardest-hit places. While Cuomo admitted the withholding of information was a “mistake” during a press conference on Monday, it was too little too late for his critics. “#CuomoCoverup” was trending on Twitter on February 15, with users calling for his removal.
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