Republican New York Representative Elise Stefanik has stepped up and taken a big swing at power drunk Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Stefanik and other New York lawmakers have called for an independent investigation into Cuomo’s handling of assisted care facilities and nursing homes during the Coronavirus panic. Stefanik claims that Cuomo’s decisions have led to thousands of elderly deaths.
On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Stefanik stated, “The governor took executive action, forcing positive COVID cases back into nursing homes. There was zero transparency in terms of informing the seniors, the workers, or the family members whether there were positive cases.”
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) May 19, 2020
Back in March, Cuomo decided that nursing homes could not reject elderly patients that tested positive for Coronavirus. Thus, the New York Governor placed infected persons with high-risk elderly individuals. At the time, many New Yorkers voiced concern about Cuomo’s backward policy.
On March 25, Republican New York City Councilman Joe Borelli told Fox & Friends First, “You don’t have to be an expert in epidemiology to realize that this was going to be a problem.”
New York’s Coronavirus death numbers have consistently been at the top of the country since the pandemic began. The state has nearly 16,000 COVID-19 deaths as this article was written.
Cuomo and the Deaths
New York’s Coronavirus death numbers exploded at the end of March and continued into April. On March 24, New York reported only 14 Coronavirus deaths. However, a few weeks later, on April 10, a reported 783 COVID-19 deaths occurred on that day.
The number of deceased was so dramatic that New York City had enormous problems disposing of the bodies. A Brooklyn doctor claimed that so many dead bodies were brought to his hospital that it reminded him of “a conveyor belt.” Refrigerated trucks were used as storage for the corpses.
▶️ Medical personnel transfer bodies into and out of a refrigerated truck placed outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City Wednesday in order to deal with a spike in COVID-19 deaths.
👉 New York has 83,712 confirmed cases and at least 1,941 deaths. (AFP) pic.twitter.com/bDcHUjZIvV
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) April 1, 2020
Those solutions did not fully solve the problem. In fact, New York began building trenches in Hart Island to deal with the overflow of bodies.
As amazing as it sounds, New York might have been under-reporting the number of Coronavirus deaths. On May 4, the state of New York added approximately another 1,700 deaths to its total number. All of these individuals came from assisted care facilities and nursing homes, the same places where Cuomo had decided to stack Coronavirus patients. ‘Families of residents at several of the affected facilities have expressed frustration with getting updates on outbreaks and the number of fatalities,’ according to Associated Press.
The liberal media has constantly hammered President Trump on his response to the Coronavirus panic, and praised Cuomo’s handling of the situation. A deeper look shows that Cuomo was not as efficient the mainstream media presents. Maybe a further investigation into New York’s Coronavirus response is needed.