Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday complained about the “political heat” he has faced over coronavirus deaths in nursing residences — saying the facilities are now safer for seniors than being at home.
“In New York, we’re quantity 46 in the country in terms of percentage of deaths at nursing homes, in contrast to the total percentage,” Cuomo told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“If they want to place fingers, not at New York,” he insisted. “I’ve taken political warmth, okay? There are specifics and there’s politics.”
“We’re amount 46, you have 45 other states to issue fingers at initial,” he explained, referring to information lately compiled by the New York Instances.
New York has recorded 6,250 COVID-19-similar nursing-home fatalities — but a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has said that selection may be substantially greater. It is also just about impossible to accurately decide a fatality amount since New York amenities do not have to report the amount of positive cases, The Situations pointed out in its investigation.
Cuomo has faced widespread criticism over a controversial purchase to forbid nursing homes from turning away coronavirus-infected people from hospitals, which is extensively blamed for the wild unfold amid people. The plan was partly repealed in Might.
Cuomo insisted that Empire Condition seniors who need treatment are now safer in nursing homes than they would be at dwelling.
“We’re tests each and every week each and every nursing dwelling staff,” he stated. “So you could argue that they are safer than a senior citizen at residence, who is obtaining care at dwelling.”
Cuomo also heralded the newest figures for New York. Just 5 fatalities had been documented in the state Saturday, whilst hospitalizations are now under 800.
But he mentioned he feared that the alarming surge in cases in other states could wipe out all the development.
“If these states retain heading up, we’re going to have a nationwide crisis like we have never seen,” he warned. “I’m fearful the infection rate in the other states will come back to New York and elevate that fee once again.”
That could also impact the prepared re-opening of colleges at the begin of the future school 12 months, he admitted.
“We have programs to open educational institutions. But … it is two months absent. Nearly anything can happen in two months,” he explained. “If this carries on throughout the place … children are going to be house for a long time.”
Cuomo blamed President Trump and his staff for staying “basically in denial,” indicating, “They really don’t want to inform the American individuals the fact.”
“This is a virus, it doesn’t react to politics. You can’t tweet at it, you have to deal with it,” he quipped.