Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean scorched New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a fiery thread of tweets.
“Can you imagine how much press the nursing home tragedy here in New York City would be getting if [Governor Cuomo] was a Republican? It would be on every single channel and newspaper. (And yes, if he was a republican I’d be just as furious),” said Dean.
This follows the death of both her father-in-law and mother-in-law who tragically died in nursing home facilities in New York.
For reference, Cuomo allowed coronavirus patients to go into nursing homes and assisted living homes putting some of the most vulnerable Americans at risk.
According to a report late last week New York knowingly undercounted nursing home deaths to cover up the debacle:
New York has omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in recent reports regarding residents of nursing home and adult care facilities, the New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
In early May, those reports quietly began omitting long-term care residents who died of coronavirus in hospitals. Even so, New York still leads the nation with 5,433 reported deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities as of Wednesday.
The revelation comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces criticism for ordering nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to accept patients from hospitals who had tested positive for coronavirus. Cuomo rescinded the March 25 order, which experts say led to higher levels of death among nursing home residents, on May 11 to allow such facilities to wait until a coronavirus patient tests negative before readmitting them.
“Now more than ever I want to see the part where reporters get to ask [Governor Cuomo]
questions especially since we’re starting to finally see stories about his terrible decisions and many asking for a full investigation into the nursing home nightmare,” Dean tweeted today.
Dean also mentioned she heard nursing home workers have been afraid to speak out:
I have heard from people who work in nursing homes in NYC who are afraid to talk because they will lose their jobs or be sued for speaking out. Their stories are horrific about how our seniors were handled and treated especially during this pandemic.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 18, 2020