Cuomo Says COVID-Positive Patients in Nursing Homes “Never Happened”; That is a Lie

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By: Staff Reporter

During a press conference on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo falsely claimed New York nursing homes never took in Covid-positive patients.

“We never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds,” Cuomo told Finger Lakes News. “So it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, ‘We need you to take this person even though they’re Covid-positive.’ It never happened.”

Cuomo’s claim that “it never happened” is false. According to a report from the NYS Department of Health, “6,326 COVID-positive residents were admitted to [nursing home] facilities” following Cuomo’s mandate that nursing homes accept COVID-positive patients from hospitals.


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