A Staten Island nursing home administrator has advised Fox News in an unique interview that he and executives at different amenities were “petrified” by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s notorious March 2020 order that COVID-positive patients be positioned in long-term care amenities slightly than hospitals.
However, Michael Kraus tells Fox News correspondent Aishah Hasnie that his considerations were “shot down” by state officers.
Hasnie’s full interview with Kraus will be seen in the two p.m. ET hour of “America Reports” Thursday on Fox News Channel.
“Many amenities vocalized it,” stated Kraus. “They were petrified, however they were extra fearful of the Department of Health … as soon as it [my concern] was shot down, I by no means spoke [about it] once more.”
More than 15,000 individuals are confirmed to have died in New York state nursing houses and long-term care amenities from COVID-19. However, as just lately as January 2021, the state reported a fraction of that quantity — round 8,500 deaths. Critics blame Cuomo’s order, which he rescinded in May 2020.
The difficulty made nationwide headlines final month when high Cuomo adviser Melissa DeRosa told Democratic state lawmakers that the governor’s administration had withheld details about the dying toll as a result of, as she put it, “we froze” in the face of a possible federal investigation. Cuomo himself subsequently acknowledged that each state lawmakers and the Department of Justice had made requests in August 2020 for a full accounting of nursing home deaths.
Earlier this month, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported that high aides to the governor pressured well being officers over the summer season to take away knowledge from a report that confirmed the variety of COVID-related nursing home deaths was greater than publicly acknowledged on the time.
The matter is reportedly beneath investigation by the FBI and the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s workplace. Cuomo has admitted that issues “ought to have been accomplished otherwise,” however stopped wanting issuing an apology for the fiasco.