"The way that Cuomo has handled the cover up has of the deaths of seniors in assisted living is irresponsible, negligent and stupid," said Elaine Mazzotta, a nurse whose mother died last month of suspected COVID-19 at a Long Island nursing home. "They knew better. They shouldn't have sent these people into nursing homes."
Of the nation's more than 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, a fifth of them - about 5,300 - are in New York, according to a count by The Associated Press, and the toll has been increasing by an average of 20 to 25 deaths a day for the past few weeks.
"The numbers, the deaths keep ticking up," said MaryDel Wypych, an advocate for older adults in the Rochester area. "It's just very frustrating."
Cuomo faced criticism at a recent briefing for saying that providing masks and gowns to nursing homes is "not our job" because the homes are privately owned. He give himself and nursing homes immunity from prosecution so he could not be sued or the facilities that transferred positive covid patients from NYS hospitals into negative covid nursing home which then infected thousands of poor seniors with covid who then died. This occurred in March of 2020.The cover up NYC of 15,000 covid death's was just published on 2/13/21 in NYC metropolitan Ares and Long Island.