Was Cuomo’s Pandemic Plan Intentional or a Mistake?

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Cuomo Grilled Behind Closed Doors on Handling of Nursing Home Deaths

Washington, D.C. – Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a grilling on Tuesday, as he testified behind closed doors before the House select subcommittee investigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Central to the hearing was Cuomo’s March 2020 executive order that required nursing homes to admit or readmit residents regardless of COVID-19 status.

Unveiling the Circumstances

Subcommittee Chair Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) stressed the need to uncover the reasons behind Cuomo’s executive order, explaining that the panel sought to prevent such a situation from recurring. He raised concerns about Cuomo writing a book while failing to address the nursing home crisis.

A String of Questions

Investigators had lined up numerous questions for the former governor, including:

  • Why did Cuomo continue to write a book during the pandemic and amidst the nursing home crisis?
  • Why did it take so long for him to rescind the executive order after it became evident that it was harmful?

A Contested Defense

Cuomo and his former aide, Melissa DeRosa, have previously asserted that New York’s health department followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). However, Wenstrup challenged this claim, citing the subcommittee’s research. He indicated that Cuomo would be presented with evidence refuting his defense.

Investigative Mandate

The subpoena sent to Cuomo in March emphasized the importance of his testimony in the investigation. The goal was to assess the effectiveness of federal guidance and regulations related to nursing home protection during the pandemic. The subcommittee further aimed to inform legislative improvements in scientific guidance processes.

Under Scrutiny

Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York has been under scrutiny for several years. A report released in March 2022 by the New York State comptroller found that the Health Department underreported nursing home deaths during the pandemic. The controversy and ongoing investigation have raised questions about Cuomo’s leadership and decision-making during the crisis.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com