Newly-Minted New York Governor Kathy Hochul Admits Cuomo Admin Didn’t Report 12,000 COVID Deaths

Written by K. Walker on August 25, 2021

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On her first day in office, new New York Governor Kathy Hochul made a pretty big admission that the Cuomo administration had under-reported the official coronavirus death tally by 12,000.

Governor Hochul is showing that her administration is going to run the state differently than disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo did despite being his Lieutenant Governor.

“There’s a lot of things that weren’t happening, and I’m going to make them happen,” Hochul said on MSNBC on Wednesday, “Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”

On her first day, Gov. Hochul explained why the official coronavirus death toll for the state has jumped by a whopping 12,000 on its website.

The Cuomo administration massaged the numbers to undercount the official death toll from the coronavirus to improve his image as a leader during the pandemic, likely hoping to sell more copies of his book.

It also allowed him to crow (wrongly) that New York had a lower percentage of deaths from COVID in nursing homes than other states.

ClashDaily reported last year that Cuomo wasn’t being honest about the number of deaths in New York nursing homes.

As Cuomo faced sexual harassment allegations, staffers turned on him and admitted that the administration was hiding the actual death toll in nursing homes.

Medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions tracking the coronavirus in the United States knew that Cuomo’s numbers had gaps and for some months have been reporting higher numbers than New York State’s official count.

Gov. Hochul is trying to be more transparent with one thing that everyone and their dog knows that Cuomo was dishonest about.

She told NPR, “The public deserves a clear, honest picture of what’s happening. And that’s whether it’s good or bad, they need to know the truth. And that’s how we restore confidence.”

In its first daily update on the outbreak Tuesday evening, Hochul’s office reported that nearly 55,400 people have died of the coronavirus in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s up from about 43,400 that Cuomo reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office. The Democrat who was once widely acclaimed for his leadership during the COVID-19 outbreak resigned in the face of an impeachment drive after being accused of sexually harassing at least 11 women, allegations he disputed…

…The count used by Cuomo in his news media briefings and on the state’s COVID-19 fatality tracker included only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported through a state system that collects data from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities.

That meant the tally excluded people who died at home, in hospice, in prisons or at state-run homes for people with disabilities. It also excluded people who probably died of COVID-19 but never got a positive test to confirm the diagnosis.

Source: Associated Press

It’s all well and good that Hochul is going to be “transparent” now that Cuomo is gone, but where has she been for the past year and a half?

Did she agree with or oppose the nursing home order?

Did she advocate for utilizing the USNS Comfort and the Javits Center to isolate COVID-positive nursing home residents as families and nursing home facilities requested?

It appears that she defended the way that the Cuomo administration had reported the numbers back in June 2020.

She’s just as complicit for sitting back silently and going along with the administration’s malfeasance.

Of course, she’ll face no repercussions for the thousands of deaths in nursing homes because of Cuomo’s nursing home order that she is equally complicit in because of her silence.

Good luck, New York! It looks like you’ll need it.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker