New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his own Health Department are fighting over what the real number of New York deaths really is.
The governor on Wednesday said that there were 25,179 COVID-related fatalities in New York.
However, the state Health Department issued an emergency rule on Wednesday that said greater than 32,000 New Yorkers have died from the virus.
The higher death count would boost the COVID-19 death count in the Empire State by 28 percent.
The Health Department cited the bigger death count in an official government publication, the New York State Register.
“With over 412,000 confirmed cases and over 32,000 deaths, as of July 13, 2020, which accounts for approximately 22% of all deaths nationwide, New York State is currently the most impacted state in the nation,” the Health Department’s said in the emergency regulation, which requires hospitals to stockpile a minimum of a 90 day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
For a state that had more than one preparedness test for a coronavirus outbreak, Cuomo was wholly unprepared when CV-19 hit.
Cuomo used the lower 25,179 number in a press release, as did the CV-19-tracker link on the Health Department’s website.
But the larger number reported in the Health Department’s emergency rule is in line with the 32,725 CV-19 deaths in New York State reported by the John Hopkins University’s CV-19 Resource Center.
The inconsistency comes as Cuomo and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker have both been accused of low-balling CV-19 deaths of nursing home residents. At the beginning of May, the Health Department stopped reporting the number of nursing home residents who died in hospitals separately. Democrats care more about politics than truth.
The problem came up at a joint legislative hearing on Monday in regards to the CV-19 impact on nursing homes and the administration’s response to it.
On Wednesday, a top Cuomo aide said the lower number was correct and dismissed the higher 32,000 figure published by the Health Department. He was probably ordered to do so by his boss who probably hasn’t told the truth in decades.
“Our number is the accurate confirmed number,” said seniro adviser to the governor, Richard Azzopardi.
He pushed off questions to the Health Department about why it used the bigger 32,000 fatality number in the state publication.
Critics said the discrepancy over CV-19 deaths raises even more questions about the Cuomo administration’s credibility in light of its handling of nursing home data. Remember, Cuomo did not go by the CDC guidelines when he forced nursing home to take CV-19-infected patients, which led to thousands of deaths.
“It’s obvious that they’re trying to lower the fatality rate. They don’t want to look bad. It’s all about trying to save the reputation of one person – the governor,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat.
“At this point, they have lost credibility about laying out the facts.”
Really? It took him this long to question Cuomo’s credibility?
The Cuomo administration’s 25,179 fatality number counts only confirmed deaths linked to CV-19. However, the other NY goofball, Mayor Bill de Blasio makes use of a more expansive figure that includes confirmed and probable deaths.
This is the kind of nonsense you get with Democrats who always look for a political edge rather than just doing the damn job they were elected to do.
New York City reports 23,563 deaths, which breaks down as 18,937 deaths and 4,626 suspected CV-19 deaths. They’re adding over 4,000 deaths to the list that they aren’t even sure are correct. Only in New York.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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