Cuomo takes a bow after his fatal decision of the nursing home: Goodwin
There is an old saying that if you do not blow your own horn, there will be no music. Gov. Andrew Cuomo obviously a believer, having completed his series of 111 briefings coronavirus every day with another explosion of praise for himself.
March 2 to Friday, he held forth in the marathon appearances that boosted his political assessments. Early on, he hit an incredible 87 percent approval in the state and 1 April survey found that 56 percent of National Democrats wanted to get rid of Joe Biden and Cuomo to the presidential candidate.
This support reflects how the governor skillfully played to the camera. He seemed to have command of facts and great graphics used to show the flow of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. He reiterated the federal mantra of “flatten the curve” to justify its landmark decision in New York.
As time passed, Cuomo staff and used his mother, three daughters, brother anchor CNN late father and other such accessories. The detours off-topic, which included his method for cooking meatballs, grew oddly indulgent, but viewers did love nicknamed “Cuomosexuals. “
But there’s another old saying that applies here – looks can be deceiving. In this case, they were certainly because the reality is that off-camera direction Cuomo in the fight against the pandemic was devastating beyond measure.
probably thousands of elderly people in New York died because of his blunders – but he refuses to recognize ruthless one mistake to the bereaved.
His biggest mistake was the infamous order on March 25 the Ministry of Health as required nursing homes and rehabilitation centers to admit Covid-19 from hospital patients. It stands as one of the worst decisions in the history of New York because he was sentenced to death vulnerable infernal surrounded by strangers while no friends or relatives were allowed to visit.
The order gave nursing homes without warning, no help and no way to reject contagious patients. To avoid discrimination, he even said that the houses could not ask whether patients forced on them tested positive.
Officially, New York says that coronaviruses have claimed 6,200 lives in nursing homes, or about 25 percent of total state of nearly 25 000 deaths, but the actual total is probably higher. Some feel that nursing home deaths are closer to 12,000.
One reason for the gap is that many of those who died have never been tested. Another is that officials have changed the methods of counting along the way. Residents who got sick in homes, but died in hospitals were first counted with the totals for nursing home care; later, their deaths were counted in the total hospitals.
Although the order was rampant behind closed doors, the public was in the dark until the message broke the story on April 21, and the governor was still in office since attack. That day, the reporter Albany Bernadette Hogan asked about the briefing.
“That’s a good question, I do not know,” said Cuomo, turning to Dr Howard Zucker, the Health Commissioner. Zucker assured the media that “the necessary precautions are taken to protect other residents” in nursing homes.
It was the first of many lies Cuomo and his team would use in their efforts to duck responsibility and change of blame. Zucker had to know and Cuomo should have known that no precautions – zero, none – have been taken to protect the residents at the nursing home.
Because the order took effect immediately without inspections or even conversations with managers, the state had no idea of the 600 institutions of long-term care was adequate space and staff for patients separate Covid-19. Nor did the state whether the facilities had protective equipment for nurses and others who care for infected patients.
The next day my column included a heartbreaking example of the disaster that was unfolding for nearly a month. Long Island educator Arlene Mullin, in a letter marked Decree No 25 March and led to the question of Hogan, got the point.
“I wonder who will Gov. Cuomo responsible for the death of so many seniors because of its imprudent decision “wrote Mullin. “I am writing as a girl who lost her mother in law aged 88 who received physical therapy for such a facility. “
His overwhelming experience, we now know, was therefore not unique and many others suffer agony like in the following weeks. Their pain was exacerbated because Cuomo had forbidden the families to visit their relatives since March 12, for fear that visitors bring the virus into nursing homes.
This decision, based on what happened in Washington, Italy, China and South Korea, showed knowledge of the extreme danger of the virus presented to seniors. But two weeks later, the order Ministry of Health introduced the strength of the virus in the same houses where it spread like wildfire.
Despite the deadly consequences of his decision, Cuomo has used a logical constant evolving which is cheap, gross supply anyone to blame himself. He in turn pointed the finger God, Trump administration owners and nursing home care.
Even more oddly, after canceling the order on May 10, Cuomo continued to defend himself, saying: “All that we worked on the facts. “
If it worked, why cancel it?
Part of his defense was to blame repeatedly Post, especially me and fellow columnist Bob McManus, accusing us of trying to protect President Trump. He said that our coverage is just “political” called nursing home death a “shiny object” and added Rupert Murdoch after President to its list of scapegoats.
Unfortunately for Cuomo, his “fake news” load does not work. PolitiFact said his claim that he was following federal guidelines is “mostly false” and other media organizations have eviscerated him for the death of nursing home care, including ProPublica. Associated Press estimated that 4500 Covid-19 patients were sent to nursing homes.
Even the New York Times briefly stopped his hatred Trump coverage to state that New York became the epicenter of the virus in part because Cuomo and others “have been hampered by their own confusing instructions, warnings without effect, deferred decisions and political infighting. “
Cuomo was also spectacular – and expensive – wrong on the need for tens of thousands of additional fans and hospital beds. Trump has provided a lot of times, but most fans have not been used and the Javits Center and the Naval hospital ship USNS Comfort remained largely empty as nursing homes are full to bursting with Covid-19 patients .
Now that her daily show is over, maybe the governor will be honest with himself what he did wrong. If he is, he must find the courage to meet Arlene Mullin, Maria Porteous, Janice Dean, sisters and Aida Haydee Pabey and other New Yorkers who have lost loved ones in nursing homes.
He needs to hear their stories, and they deserve honest answers to their governor. We all do.