Governor Andrew Cuomo has been lambasted for his handling of the novel coronavirus in his state of New York. Amongst criticism, is a cover-up for knowingly placing patients who tested positive for COVID-19 back in nursing homes with the most vulnerable elderly population. Now, media outlets have found additional disturbing information.
“In the early months of the pandemic, when COVID-19 tests were scarce, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to make the testing available to those most in need” reports the Democrat and Chronicle. However, “turns out that included his family. Embers and other well-connected people close to his administration” according to reports reviewed Wednesday night.
The Washington Post and the Times Union in Albany, reported: “Cuomo’s office arranged COVID testing for his family, including his CNN anchor brother Chris, and other influential people with close Cuomo ties.” Tests were conducted at their own homes, in part by Dr. Eleanor Adams, “an epidemiologist who was a special advisor to the state Health Department, the reports said, citing unnamed sources.”
Cuomo’s office did not deny reports, but deflected, saying “we should avoid insincere efforts to rewrite the past” Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s special adviser, said in a statement. The office also said the state was trying to test as many people as possible “to develop a contact tracing program” and cited door-to-door efforts to test residents in hot spots.
Azzopardi said efforts were aimed at taking “samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones.” He added, “In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing – including in some instances going to people’s homes.”
The instances which included “going to people’s homes” just so happened to be family members and those connected to the administration. What a coincidence!