The New York State Health Commissioner on Thursday publicly urged his critics about the attacks on him and the government. Andrew Cuomo said on the cover of COVID-19’s death among nursing home residents that he did nothing wrong. .
In prepared remarks made at the beginning of the Joint Assembly-State Senate budget hearing, Drs. Howard Zucker said, “I was asked to provide the facility’s number of deaths by confirmation, whether confirmed or estimated.”
“To do the best [Health] The ability of the department, I have done that, ”he insisted.
“If some want to find faults in this process, I ask them to remember that we are battling this epidemic.”
Zucker has faced calls for resignation after Attorney General Letitia James released a report last month that estimated the official number of deaths in nursing homes if residents were to die in hospitals. Will increase by more than 50 percent.
The DOH consistently refused to disclose those deaths – including fighting the freedom of information law filed by the Empire Center for Public Policy – until James released his findings.
In response to this, Zucker finally released figures that totaled 12,743 deaths, up from 8,711 – representing only residents who had died in nursing homes the day before.
During his introductory remarks on Thursday, Zucker admitted that “a lot” of nursing home deaths occurred in hospitals for facilities to recruit COVID-19 patients and has since been rescued, March 25. The directive – which critics blamed for the spread of coronovirus.
Zucker also pointed to a July report by the DOH in which he said “a comprehensive assessment of what happened in nursing homes, in New York, and around the world.”
“The virus, despite our collective best efforts to prevent it, was inadvertently brought into nursing homes by dedicated staff at a time when we didn’t know enough about science,” he said.
“Sad.” to trouble. but true.”