Dr. Anthony Fauci has proclaimed that the state of New York did everything correctly in its handling of the coronavirus – COVID-19 crisis. Fauci claimed “New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about.”
Many have taken to social media and articles to “fact-check” how well Governor Cuomo and his administration handled COVID-19.
Let’s start with nursing homes.
Governor Cuomo, along with several other governors provided guidance to nursing homes that they would have to accept COVID-19 positive patients into their facilities. Despite the fact that most nursing homes are not hospitals – they lack the capabilities of hospitals.
According to WIBC, “Under Gov. Cuomo’s policy, more than 6,000 COVID-19 patients were sent from hospitals to nursing homes across the state. To date, at least 6,500 nursing home residents have died of the virus, more than 6% of the state’s entire nursing home population.”
According to reporting from the New York Post, Cuomo responded to criticism that he mandated COVID-19 patients into nursing homes by announcing in mid-May that patients must now test negative for coronavirus before being admitted into nursing homes. However, according to this report:
Yet the gov also admitted that COVID-19 cases might still go to the facilities via other routes, and didn’t explicitly overrule Zucker’s March 25 mandate that homes must accept people despite their testing status — indeed, couldn’t even require a test pre-admission.
Based on above reporting, not so clear that Cuomo has fixed the mandate forcing COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes.
Downplayed the threat from COVID early on…
In early March, Gov. Cuomo downplayed the threat from COVID-19 by comparing it to the flu, saying that “the facts defeat fear,” and encouraging New York City residents to go about their daily lives as normal.
Death rates per 100k
New York’s (and New Jersey’s) death rates per 100k is the highest in the country, having 167 deaths per 100k.