Amid Criticism, Cuomo says no one should be prosecuted for nursing home deaths

Sunday morning Anne McCloy tweeted:

.@NYGovCuomo says no one should be prosecuted for nursing home deaths. Governor says vulnerable people are going to die from this virus no matter what you do. @CBS6Albany

Per the NYPost, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is demanding a federal probe of Gov. Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

Her call came after a new report showed the state quietly altered the way it publicly reports nursing home deaths from the virus.

In early May the state stopped counting nursing-home patients who died from COVID in hospitals in its official tallies of nursing-home fatalities, The Daily Caller reported. It now only includes those deaths that occur in the nursing home facility itself.

Cuomo is taking heat for vulnerable nursing home populations ravaged by coronavirus — with a state death toll of at least 5,300, and that’s with the state’s new counting method that ignores outside-facility deaths.

“Today I joined my @NewYorkGOP colleagues in the House to call for a federal investigation of Cuomo’s failed nursing home policies. NOW they admit they unethically changed the way they report nursing home deaths. An INEXCUSABLE tragedy for NY – NEED ANSWERS,” Stefanik, an upstate Republican, said in a tweet.

Cuomo’s March 25 executive order forced state nursing homes and assisted living facilities, many ill-equipped to stop the spread of the disease, to accept residents with COVID-19. The decision proved to have fatal consequences, with a third of all coronavirus deaths in the state occurring in nursing homes.