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How the Cuomo Administration Hid Nursing Home Deaths from COVID (Guest: Gregg Girvan)

April 12, 2021

On March 25, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York issued a directive prohibiting nursing home from turning away people on the sole basis of a COVID diagnosis.

Nine months later, an investigation by the New York Attorney General revealed that the state’s nursing home death toll was more than 50 percent higher than Cuomo stated it was.

Gregg Girvan a research fellow at FREOPP has been tracking nursing home deaths since last spring and was one of the first to notice something odd about the counting of deaths in New York. He’s written a new analysis about it, which reveals among several things, how the governor was able to bury these numbers.

Girvan also discusses other states that might have hidden death numbers.

A link to his report: 

The True COVID Death Toll in New York State Long-Term Care Facilities

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy