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When the pandemic was bearing down on New York last March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration issued a directive that allowed Covid-19 patients to be discharged into nursing homes in a bid to free up hospital beds for the sickest patients. It was a decision that had the potential to cost thousands of lives.
In the months since, more information has come out about Mr. Cuomo’s handling of the crisis: His administration approved legislation that granted nursing homes legal immunity, and the deaths of nursing home residents were undercounted by up to 50 percent. A political firestorm has ensued.
In the second part of our look at New York nursing homes, we explore the effects of the decisions made by the Cuomo administration and the crisis now facing his leadership.
On today’s episode
Amy Julia Harris, an investigative reporter on The New York Times’s Metro desk.
Trying to quell a growing outcry over the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched into a 90-minute defense of his actions while hitting back at critics.
The scrutiny of Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes has also put Mr. Cuomo’s aggressive behavior in the spotlight.
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Amy Julia Harris contributed reporting.
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