Thursday, February 4, 2021

Nursing Home Kin Blast Cuomo Over COVID-19 Deaths, GOP Demands Probe; Cuomo Health Dept. Illegally Withheld COVID Nursing Home Death Toll: Judge, and other C-Virus Updates

Nursing home kin blast Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths, GOP demands probe:
Grieving relatives blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday over his response to the state’s revised COVID-19 death toll for nursing home residents — as Republican lawmakers called for a legislative probe into the 12,000-plus fatalities.
Ted Minissale, 63, said Cuomo showed “no compassion whatsoever” last week when he sparked outrage by callously saying, “Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died.”
Minissale said his 93-year-old mom, Agnes Minissale, died April 23 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after contacting the coronavirus at a nearby nursing home.
But she wasn’t listed among the residents killed by COVID-19 until a damning attorney general’s report forced Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to release figures that showed 12,743 residents had died in nursing homes and hospitals as of Jan. 19. --->READ MORE HERE
Cuomo Health Dept. illegally withheld COVID nursing home death toll: judge:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Health Department broke the law by refusing to provide a government watchdog group with the total nursing home death toll from COVID-19, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The legal smackdown came just days after an attorney general’s report revealed that the Cuomo administration misled the public about the total number of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus by only releasing the numbers of those who died in nursing homes, not those who later died in hospitals.
In a 16-page decision, acting Albany Supreme Court Justice Kimberly O’Connor blasted the DOH for repeatedly telling the Empire Center for Public Policy “that it was unable to respond to the [Freedom of Information Law] request” since it was filed six months ago.
“DOH does not, in the Court’s opinion, offer an adequate explanation as to why it has not responded to that request within its estimated time period or to date,” O’Connor wrote.
“Its continued failure to provide petitioner a response, given the straightforward nature of the request … goes against FOIL’s broad standard of open and transparent government and is a violation of that statute.” --->READ MORE HERE
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